LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship: Inbee Park claims second major championship with four-shot victory in California
South Korean Inbee Park clinched her second major title in style with a four-shot win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Last Updated: 08/04/13 10:57am
The 2008 US Women's Open champion tamed the Mission Hills course in California with a 67 in her third round to surge three clear of the field and never looked in danger of surrendering that advantage as she closed out victory on Sunday.
In the end she signed for a closing 69 and a 15-under-par overall total of 273, with her countrywoman So Yeon Ryu the only player to threaten at all, reaching 11-under for the week after a sparkling seven-under 65 which was the lowest score of the day.
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and Norway's Suzann Pettersen were tied for third on nine-under following their respective closing rounds of 68 and 69, while British fortunes improved in the closing round as Scotland's Catriona Matthew and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished in a share of seventh place on five-under.
Veteran Matthew had her best round of the week, the 43-year-old world number 13 finishing with a 68, while Ewart Shadoff signed off with 69 to end a memorable four days on a high note.
The 25-year-old, ranked 110th in the world, was tied for the lead after the first round before sliding out of contention, but she recovered impressively to claim her best finish in a major.
Champion Park, who won 300,000 US dollars (£195,000), said: "It has been a while since I won a major, and this is my second major of my career, and it feels very special.
"This week I played very solid. Today and all week I played very good. I'm just happy that I have another major under my belt."
She climbs from fourth to second place in the world rankings and said: "It's taken pressure off me for the rest of the season. I'm just going to go out there and enjoy the season."
Ewart Shadoff was delighted with her efforts for the week, which earned her £29,300, and is looking to keep her form together for the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii later this month.
She wrote on Twitter: "Nice round to finish and for a top 10! Each week is getting better can't wait for Hawaii in a couple weeks! Thanks everyone for the support!"