Pattaya, Thailand: Amy Yang repelled the challenge of Ryu So-yeon to win the weather-hit Honda LPGA Thailand for the second time in the last three seasons.
It was the third victory of Yang’s LPGA Tour career and her first since triumphing at Siam Country Club in 2015, a stretch of 44 tournaments during which time she posted 17 top-10 finishes.
With a birdie on the final hole, Yang carded a closing 68 to set a new tournament scoring record at 22-under-par. That bettered the previous mark by one stroke, achieved by Suzann Pettersen in 2007 and Ai Miyazato in 2010.
Heavy rainstorms during the second round forced delays in play and meant Yang had to play 31 holes on Saturday and finish up her five remaining third round holes early on Sunday morning.
She rose to the challenge with 10 birdies an eagle and just one bogey over her second and partial third rounds on Saturday enabling her to take a four-shot overnight lead. She returned early Sunday and birdied the 17th to gain one more shot on the field as she closed out her third round.
“I’m very happy … beyond happy. It wasn’t easy with rain delays and 4 am wake-up calls two days in a row,” said Yang. “I stayed really patient out there, did my best, and I’m very happy to win the tournament.
“It’s always nice to be back here playing. I love this place. I love the people here. And with my parents, spending time with them here, it’s just great every time.”