Ahn Sun-ju dominates the playoff in Toto Japan Classic
SHIMA, Japan - Ahn Sun-ju won the Toto Japan Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory and 20th Japan LPGA title, beating fellow South Korean player Lee Ji-hee and American Angela Stanford with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Ahn hit a 6-iron from 165 yards to 5 feet on the par-4 18th to set up the winning putt.
“I’m very happy,” Ahn said. “I didn’t think that I’d be able to win the tournament, but it’s a nice surprise. I’m very happy.”
The 28-year-old Ahn closed with a 5-under 67 at Kintetsu Kashikojima to match Stanford and Lee at 16-under 200. Stanford also shot 67, and Lee had a 66.
Ahn has an option to take LPGA Tour membership next season and is eligible for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.
Ahn is projected to jump from 29th to 22nd in the world ranking. She also won the Japanese tour’s Century 21 Ladies in July, and had seven career Korea LPGA victories. AP
Russell Knox wins his first PGA title in HSBC Champions
SHANGHAI- Russell Knox made an unexpected trip to Shanghai and left with a most surprising victory Sunday.
Knox became the first player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut when the 30-year-old from Scotland closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the HSBC Champions. He only found out a week ago Friday that he was in the event as an alternate.
Li Haotong of China faded quickly but still managed to achieve one goal. He tied for seventh, the highest finish ever by a Chinese player in a PGA Tour event. Jordan Spieth tied for seventh and moved back to No. 1 in the world. AP
Oh Ji-hyun nabs first victory during the KLPGA Tour
Oh Ji-hyun won her first KLPGA Tour victory after finishing atop the ADT Caps Championship on Sunday.
At the Haeundae Beach Golf & Resort in Busan, Oh hit 7-under 65 to finish the event at 14-under 202, beating Ha Min-song and Kim Bo-kyung, who both hit 8-under 208.
Oh, 19, made her professional debut in 2013.
Her personal best until Sunday was a fifth-place finish at the Lotte Cantata Women’s Open in June.
Kim Tae-hoon on top in
Caido Golf LIS Championship
Kim Tae-hoon claimed his first win in more than two years as the KPGA Korean Tour wrapped up this season.
Kim won the Caido Golf LIS Championship on Sunday after scoring 13-under 203 to edge Park Jun-won by a stroke.
Park hit a bogey on the last hole to lose the title.
This is Kim’s second victory over his career. He won the Bosung CC Classic in 2013.
The season’s final tournament, held in Taean County, South Chungcheong, was reduced to 54 holes after the rain washed out the round on Saturday.
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