Hsu’s late eagle keys first career LPGA win


Wei-Ling Hsu promised her caddie she would not cry if, or when, she lastly received.

She was mistaken.

Hsu eagled the par-5 fifteenth gap Sunday, making a four-shot swing that gave her a two-shot lead, and received the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Championship for her first profession victory.

“At 15 … I thought of myself, that I have been ready for seven years. I do not need to wait anymore,” a tearful Hsu mentioned on the inexperienced after securing the victory with a par.

Later, after a while to let it soak in?

“I feel that is the happiest day ever. How do you cry?” she mentioned. “And someway, I simply cried so onerous the final gap, however I really feel glad. Simply glad.”

Hsu closed with a 3-under 68 to complete at 13-under 271, two pictures away from taking part in associate Moriya Jutanugarn. Jutanugarn had a 70.

Jessica Korda was third at 10 underneath after a 70. Shu’s eagle, aided by a fortuitous bounce that left her with a really makeable putt, got here as Jutanugarn, who began the opening with a two-shot lead, drove right into a bunker, wanted two pictures to get out, hit her strategy to the sting of the inexperienced and three-putted for a double bogey.

And all of it occurred on the simplest gap on the course, once more displaying it can be the decisive one.

The victory for the 26-year-old from Taiwan, in her 147th profession begin, was all however assured with one other birdie on the par-4 sixteenth that stretched her result in three. And it got here on a sweltering day on the Kingsmill Resort’s James River Course with parched fairways and greens that have been quick and agency for all 4 rounds — uncommon for Might in Virginia. For a lot of the day, the battle for the lead was like a juggling act.

Jessica Korda pulled right into a three-way tie for the lead with third-round co-leaders Hsu and Jutanugarn with a birdie on the par-4 sixth whereas Jutanugarn bogeyed and Hsu made par.

Korda went forward two holes later with a par when her two taking part in companions bogeyed. That sequence began a near-constant shifting of the lead, with Jutanugarn and Hsu getting again to a share of the lead after the tenth gap, and Sarah Kemp making it a four-way tie with a birdie on the par-4 twelfth within the group simply forward of the ultimate threesome.

Hsu regained the highest spot at No. 12 with a birdie whereas Korda fell two again, after which Jutanugarn loved the identical two-shot swing with a birdie on the par-3 thirteenth whereas Hsu two-putted for bogey after lacking the inexperienced. Jutanugarn’s lead doubled along with her third birdie in 4 holes on the par-4 14th, organising the outstanding remaining lead swap at 15.

“After I made that eagle putt, I simply began shaking my arms, like my coronary heart simply pumping so onerous, it nearly come out,” she mentioned.

Jutanugarn did sink a protracted birdie putt on the par-3 seventeenth, making use of some stress to Hsu, however she rolled in a putt for par, pumping her proper fist because it dropped into the cup.

Korda additionally birdied the seventeenth, leaving Hsu with a two-shot lead heading the par-4 18th, however Korda bogeyed the 18th, leaving Jutanugarn alone in second and Korda third.

“After all it isn’t [the] end I wished,” Jutanugarn, who was searching for her second profession victory mentioned, “however, , [I’m] nonetheless going to take plenty of good issues from right here.”

Korda struggled all through, lacking a number of putts she possible anticipated to make.

“The greens are simply baked. The entire place is baked,” she mentioned. “So it was a bit of robust to be aggressive, particularly while you’re chasing and also you form of must be.”

Kemp, searching for her first victory in her 14th season, was fourth at 9 underneath after a 70.

“I thought of successful, which I am OK with. Like I need to get comfy with that. Positive, I obtained a bit of forward of myself pondering that, however the extra I put myself within the state of affairs the higher I will be at it,” she mentioned.

The match, the penultimate occasion earlier than the U.S. Girls’s Open June 3-6 in San Francisco, was as soon as among the many hottest, however this yr failed to draw a number of of the sport’s prime gamers, maybe as a result of its purse of $1.3 million is third lowest on the tour.

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