World number five Lexi Thompson posted a final round, three-under-par 69 on Sunday to take the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea — her second Tour win of the season.
The American had been one stroke off the lead going into the final day, but just one dropped shot on the 11th hole and four birdies saw her clinch victory by a single stroke from former world number one Yani Tseng and Korea LPGA Tour star Park Sung-Hyung.
"It's very satisfying," Thompson said afterwards. "I always look forward to coming back to South Korea and playing in front of these amazing fans …. but getting a win, it means so much."
Tseng shot a solid 68 Sunday but will have to wait at least another week to grab her first LPGA win since March 2012. This was her fourth top-10 finish of the year, and third in her last four starts.
"I'm looking forward to getting a win," the Taiwanese golfer said. "I came to Asia for these five weeks looking for a win and I know every week is getting closer."
Tseng hopes victory will finally come on home soil, when the LPGA Tour's annual Asian swing takes in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship starting Thursday.
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South Korean Park Sung-Hyun, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 in the first round, had shared top spot on the leaderboard going in to the final round.
But bogeys on the third and 12th and just a single birdie on Sunday saw her pipped at the post by Thompson.
In joint fourth place was South Korean Amy Yang who equalled Park's 10-under course record to shoot up the leaderboard. Yang birdied every hole on the back nine, matching the LPGA record for most consecutive birdies in one round.
American Matt Kuchar won the Fiji International at Natadola Bay on Sunday, seeing off a blistering late challenge from three-time major champion Vijay Singh who set a new course record.
World number 16 Kuchar's consistency proved the key at a tournament dogged by windy conditions. He fired a second consecutive three-under 69 to snare the title, four shots ahead of Australia's Aron Price.
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But it was local hero Singh who caught the eye in the final round on the course he designed for the Aus$1.125 million (US$820,000) event.
Singh, who has not won an event for seven years and was in 33rd positon after Thursday's opening round, hit a seven-under 65 to shave two shots off the course record.
The veteran managed seven birdies to finish joint third with New Zealand's Ryan Fox and Australian Nick Cullen, five shots behind Kuchar.
Kuchar attributed his victory to "solid" golf in challenging conditions, particularly during the early rounds.
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"I felt I was surviving but played some really steady, good golf and that was a real difference," he said.
The Fiji event is co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Australasian PGA.
Leading final-round scores (Australian unless stated)
284 – Matt Kuchar (USA)
288 – Aron Price
289 – Vijay Singh (FIJ), Ryan Fox (NZL), Nick Cullen
294 – Daniel Valente, Brad Shilton (NZL)
295 – Matthew Guyatt, Peter Wilson
Justin Rose stayed within sight of the lead and will head into the final round of the Frys.com Open with the title in his sights.
A blemish-free 68 put the 35-year-old Englishman on 12 under par for the week, two shots behind leader Brendan Steele, who has topped the leaderboard after 18, 36 and now 54 holes at the Silverado course in Napa Valley, California.
Birdies at eight, nine, 16 and 17 saw Rose add another solid score, after opening with 67 on Thursday and adding 69 on Friday.
The world number seven held his nerve after leaving himself a testing par putt of almost five foot at the last, and was in a share of fourth place with a group including American Jason Bohn, who jumped up the leaderboard with an eight-under 64.
US player Kyle Reifers and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo made seven-under 65s to join them, with Canadian Graham DeLaet and Americans Harold Varner III and Will Wilcox also tied on 12 under, well placed to strike on Sunday.
One better off on 13 under were Andrew Loupe and Kevin Na, who respectively made 63 and 64 on moving day.
Steele was not for moving. Determined to stay in the perfect position to strike for his second PGA Tour victory, and first since April 2011, he had a solid 69 to reach 14 under, finding sand off the tee at the long 18th but avoiding a dropped shot.
Indeed Steele parred his way home after a birdie at the 10th. He may need to shoot lower on Sunday to finish the job, but showed himself capable with a 63 on Thursday.
Scotland's Martin Laird dipped out of contention after a two-over 74 saw him slide from a share of sixth to a tie for 39th on six under, the same overall score as Northern Ireland's world number three Rory McIlroy whose 71 on Saturday was also out of keeping with the scoring trend, as a host of players went low.
Grillo almost hit Rory McIlroy, playing in the group ahead, with his approach to the 17th green. The 22-year-old South American was convinced McIlroy, playing with Adam Hadwin and Reifers, had left the green, so played his second shot that set up a birdie chance.
But the ball also almost struck the four-time major champion, who said it "missed me by a couple of inches".
McIlroy, not having the best of days, said: "Would have put me out of my misery. Die a little bit. To be honest with you.
"Not his fault. You can't see much from back there."
Asked about the incident, Grillo added: "Everybody agreed that they were going up from the green to the guy standing on the tee. We thought they were waiting for us to hit. I was first, and I kind of heard something that I almost hit him, but I really apologise.
"It was a bit of miscommunication over there. Hopefully he's all right and he continues to play well as always."