Angela Stanford of the US won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore yesterday after prevailing in a dramatic four-way playoff for the title.
The gritty American had to call on all her experience and resilience to hold off South Korea’s 19-year-old Jenny Shin, who threw down the gauntlet all the way to the third playoff hole.
Stanford also had to cope with a thunderstorm that halted play for more than an hour just before her playing group was about to tee off at the 18th hole.
The trophy was finally Stanford’s to take when she saved par at the third playoff hole after Shin failed to make a par putt.
China’s Feng Shanshan was eliminated after the first playoff hole and South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon went out in the second.
All four of them had finished on 10-under 278.
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan was in contention until her form took a dip in the back nine.
Tseng had been cruising as she reeled in five birdies on the front nine, when disaster struck the five-time major champion at the par-four 10th.
Tseng double-bogeyed the 10th and appeared to lose her momentum in the final stretch.
She finished on nine-under 279.
“Sometimes you get a bad bounce on this golf course, sometimes you do get it good, this is a tough course,” the 23-year-old Taiwanese said.
Fellow Taiwanese Amy Hung carded a 74 to finish tied for 35th place on two-over 290, while Candie Kung was a further shot back tied for 39th.
Additional reporting by staff writer