Inbee lifts Evian title
Korean takes Route 66 to two-shot win
Last Updated: July 29, 2012 4:50pm
Inbee Park: fast finish from the Korean
Inbee Park birdied the final three holes to clinch a two-shot victory at the prestigious Evian Masters in France.
The South Korean's flying finish held off valiant late challenges from Karrie Webb and Stacy Lewis as she closed with a six-under 66 to post a winning score of 17 under par.
Park, who started the final round tied for the lead with Lewis, got off to a rocky start as she bogeyed the third before responding with a run of four birdies in six holes from the fifth.
(US unless stated)
-17 I Park (Kor)
-15 S Lewis
-15 K Webb (Aus)
-14 HJ Kim (Kor)
-14 S Feng (Chi)
-14 N Gulbis
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Lewis birdied the sixth but was let down by a cold putter as she reeled off 12 pars in 13 holes before dropping a shot at the 14th.
Park's lead was trimmed to one when she dropped a shot at 11, but she hit back with a birdie at 13 before Lewis cut the deficit to two strokes with a birdie at 15.
But Park matched Lewis' birdie at 16 and calmly rolled in a 25-foot putt for a closing four at the long 18th after Lewis had bravely nailed an eagle putt from 30 feet to return a 68.
Lewis finished in a tie for second with Aussie veteran Webb, who stayed in touch with the leaders with birdies at 12 and 13 before two more at 17 and 18 capped a 67 and briefly gave her the clubhouse lead.
Shanshan Feng finished birdie-eagle in a faultless 66 that earned her a share of fourth with Natalie Gulbis, who did well to salvage a 68 after dropping shots at two of the first three holes.
Amateur Hyo Joo Kim birdied three of the last four to hand in a bogey-free 68 and join Feng and Gulbis on 14 under, while Anna Nordqvist (68) was a further two shots adrift.