Hyojoo Kim storms to HSBC win | Asian Tour

Hyojoo Kim storms to HSBC win

Published on May 3, 2021

Korea’s Hyojoo Kim defeated Hannah Green from Australia by one shot in a gripping finish to the HSBC Women’s World Championship on Sunday at Sentosa Golf Club, home of the Asian Tour.

Kim brilliantly dismantled the New Tanjong course with a breath taking eight-under-par 64, for a tournament total of 17-under-par 271, to secure her fourth victory on the LPGA Tour but first in five years.

She was helped in her cause by Green who appeared on course to take the title after she birdied the 16th to take a one-shot lead, but then surprisingly made bogey on the final two holes to finish solo second.

Hyojoo Kim of Korea lines up her putt on the 13th green during the second round (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Australian, playing in the HSBC event for the first time, signed for a 69. The former KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner, playing in the final group, holed out from the fairway for a stunning eagle at the 14th and holed a ten-footer at the 16th to grab the outright advantage, only to three-putt bogey the 17th and then fail to get up and down to save par at the last.

Kim, who wore full head gear all week for protection against the sun, had started her final round five shots back of the overnight leader, China’s Xiyu Lin, but stormed up the leaderboard with one of the finest rounds of her career that saw her make four birdies on the front side and four on the back.

Hannah Green of Australia hits her tee shot on the 5th hole during the third round (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

“My goal for this year is to get a win and I’m glad I achieved that today,” said 25-year-old Kim, whose last victory was the 2016 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Last year she stayed in her home country and won twice on the Korean LPGA. “While I was playing on the KLPGA Tour last year, I honed my skills and wanted to adapt them to this year on the LPGA, and I’m very happy that these results came out.”

Lin signed off with a 71 to finish in joint third place alongside world number two Inbee Park of Korea and Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit.

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand hits her tee shot on the 1st hole during the first round (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)