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Congratulations to Inbee Park for winning the Kia Most Compelling Performance Award
Inbee Park earned the Kia Most Compelling Performance, awarded to a player with an exceptional performance and voted on by fans at LPGA.com, for her dominant summer that included nine consecutive top-10 finishes, a victory, more than $1.5 million in earnings, and a 19-spot improvement on the Rolex Rankings over a 14 week period. The credentials for Park’s nomination began with a tie for ninth at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in early June and ended with a runner-up finish at the RICOH Women’s British Open in mid-September. During that span, the South Korean earned $1,541,206 – which alone would put her third on the 2012 LPGA Official Money List – and carded six top-three finishes including a victory at the Evian Masters. That run also included runner-up finishes at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, where she lost in a four-way playoff, the Safeway Classic, the CN Canadian Women’s Open, where she earned first-place money following a victory by amateur Lydia Ko, and the British Open. Following the close for nominations, Park added a victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and a runner-up finish at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. She is poised to win the 2012 LPGA Official Money List with more than $2.2 million in earnings.
“I thank Kia for the wonderful award,” Park said. “I’m really honored that I actually that I won this competition against so many other great players. I think everything just started working after the middle of the season. I’m just happy that it wasn’t too late.”
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At the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open where second-year teenager Jessica Korda won by way of a six way playoff, draining a 25-foot putt for birdie on the 2nd playoff hole to cap off a wild afternoon amidst rain showers for her first career LPGA victory.
Yani Tseng won back-to-back tournaments at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the Kia Classic in consecutive weeks. Tseng is the first player to win consecutive LPGA events since Ai Miyazato at the beginning of the 2010 season. The 23-year-old has won three of the first five tournaments on the LPGA Tour this season.
Stacy Lewis won both the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Inbee Park returned to the LPGA full-time in grand fashion with nine consecutive top-10 finishes beginning at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, including a victory at the Evian Masters and tied for second at the Manulife LPGA Financial Classic and the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
It took nine playoff holes and an extra day for Jiyai Shin to defeat Paula Creamer for the Kingsmill Championship title. After going par-for-par playing the 18th hole eight times following their round, they decided to continue Monday morning due to darkness. The two started on the 16th hole and after similar approach shots Creamer three-putted to take a bogey for the hole, giving Shin an easy putt for par to seal the win. Shin’s win comes after a nearly two year winless drought in her four year career, a streak of 31 appearances without a victory since the 2010 Mizuno Classic.