The Colony, Texas, USA: South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun, 24, finished with a two-round total of 11-under 131 at the Old American Golf Club in Texas on Sunday to win the 36-hole Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic.
The tournament was reduced to two rounds due to torrential downpours, but the poor weather didn’t affect Park as she secured her third LPGA title and first since August last year.
Inclement weather suspended play early during Thursday’s first round. This continued into Friday’s first round, and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes. When the weather and forecast didn’t improve on Friday, the tournament was shortened again, this time to 36 holes, with the first round now also spilling into Saturday.
Old American Golf Club, hosting the event for the first time, took on so much water that the LPGA decided to play lift, clean and place in the fairways.
Park took her third career win with a 65-66 showing, one stroke lower than Lindy Duncan.
After a first-round 65, Park was a co-leader with Jenny Shin, who won this event in 2016 when it was played at Las Colinas C.C. Park’s 65 included a 31 on the back nine. She shot 66 in the final round, chipping in for birdie on the 18th hole.
Because of the rain delays and stop-and-start nature of the tournament, Park was part of a five-way tie for the lead going into the final round. She finished 90 minutes before the tournament ended because groupings were not changed from the opening round.
Rookie Yu Liu closed with a 66 and finished third, two shots back. Ariya Jutanugarn (66) and Sei Young Kim (67) were another shot behind.
Park bogeyed the par-4 first hole and then played the rest of the front nine in 5 under, including an eagle on the par-5 fourth. She shot 1 under on the back nine and then had to wait on Duncan, who could have forced a playoff by holing her second shot on the par-4 ninth.
There were still plenty of players on-course when Sung Hyun Park finished, so she had to wait for her win to be official. No one was able to catch her. Duncan was closest, birdieing her last three holes to finish at 10 under, one shot short of Park.
With the win, Park also claimed 195-thousand dollars in prize money. Every player in the field play both rounds, but only those finishing in 70th and ties earned prize money.
The clutch shot Park converted turns around what had been a disappointing year. In the seven events Sung Hyun Park played leading into Texas, she had missed two cuts and finished inside the top-10 just once.
Both of Park’s previous wins came in 2017, when she was named rookie of the year and shared the player of the year award with So Yeon Ryu. She became the 11th winner in 11 tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year.
She reached No. 1 in the world, won the Women’s Open at Trump National and had 11 top-10 finishes.