WATERLOO, Ont. – Inbee Park won the Manulife Financial Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in more than 11 months, matching the course record with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr.
A week after losing the top spot in the world ranking to Stacy Lewis, Park finished at 23-under 261 at Grey Silo for her 10th LPGA Tour title and first since the U.S. Women’s Open. She had only one bogey in 72 holes – on the fourth hole in the first round.
The 25-year-old South Korean star played the front nine in 5-under 31 and added birdies on Nos. 10, 12-14 and 18 to match the course record set last year by Hee Young Park.
Park ended a 20-event tour winless streak. Last year, she swept the first three majors and finished the season with six victories. She also won the Ladies European Tour’s World Ladies Championship three months ago in China.
Kerr finished with a 63.
China’s Shanshan Feng, two strokes ahead of Park and Michelle Wie entering the round, had a 68 to finish third at 18 under.
Lydia Ko and Belen Mozo tied for fourth at 16 under. The 17-year-old Ko closed with a 66, and Mozo shot 65.
Lewis and Wie followed at 15 under. Lewis had a 63, and Wie shot 69.
© The Canadian Press, 2014