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Inbee Park wins second major with Kraft Nabisco Championship

April 07, 2013|By Diane Pucin
  • Inbee Park follows through on her tee shot at No. 3 on Sunday during the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Inbee Park follows through on her tee shot at No. 3 on Sunday during the final… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)

RANCHO MIRAGE -- Inbee Park, a 24-year-old from South Korea who won the U.S. Open in 2008, earned her second major golf title Sunday with an emphatic four-stroke victory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

Park shot a final-round 69 to finish with a four-day total of 15-under-par 273. Park earned a winner's check of $300,000. It was her ninth career win. Four of them came on the LPGA circuit in Japan.

A ninth-place finish was Park's best previous finish here, and she becomes the fourth-youngest player to win the Kraft Nabisco event as well as the third Korean, along with Grace Park in 2004 and Sun Young Yoo last year.

Lizette Salas, a 23-year-old from Azusa USC, began the day three shots behind Park and in second place, but a double bogey on the first hole sent Salas into a downward spiral. She had a final-round 79 and finished tied for 25th.

Another Korean, So Yeon Ryu, 22, finished second by virtue of her final-round 65, the lowest round of the week. She finished with a four-day total of 11-under 277.

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