Inbee Park wins LPGA event in Texas

Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour’s North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years on Sunday, closing with a bogey-free six-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.

Park finished at 15-under 269 at Las Colinas for her second victory this year and 14th on the tour.

The 26-year-old South Korean player, the HSBC Women’s Champions winner in March in Singapore, earned $US195,000 ($A249,000) to push her career total to nearly $US10.8 million ($A13.79 million).

Cristie Kerr and Hee Young Park tied for second.

Lexi Thompson, who shared the third-round lead with Inbee Park, closed with a 69 to tie for fourth with Maria McBride (65) at 11-under.

Australia’s Karrie Webb, who started the final day one shot from the lead, carded a 70 to finish tied seventh at nine-under.

Lydia Ko, coming off a win last week in California, will maintain the No. 1 ranking even after the 18-year-old from New Zealand had a closing 71 to tie for 41st at even par.

Park, ranked No. 2 in the world, never surrendered the lead after consecutive birdies at the second and third holes. This is the fourth season in a row in which she has multiple victories.

Angela Stanford, who lives in nearby Fort Worth and attended TCU, was at 10 under after a 69. That was a stroke ahead of a trio of defending champion Stacy Lewis (67), Juli Inkster (67) and Karrie Webb (70).

Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old Canadian who nearly made a playoff last week in San Francisco and was the second-round leader in North Texas, opened Sunday with a birdie to get to 9 under and match the leaders who had not yet teed off.

But Henderson was out of contention after a three-hole stretch that started with a bogey at the par-5 third hole, where her approach settled in a concrete culvert under a city street between holes.

Henderson shot a 73 to tie for 13th at 6-under 278.

The LPGA Tour last year denied Henderson a membership waiver to its minimum age requirement of 18. Just to play in Texas, she took an overnight flight after finishing the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic and then had to endure a qualifying round stretched over two days because of weather before a playoff just to make the field.

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