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Park rallies to win LPGA Malaysia, beating Choi

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Associated Press
10/14/2012 9:20:06 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes.

Park took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 13th and moved two shots ahead with a birdie on the par-4 14th. She got away with bogeys on the final two holes when Choi made a double bogey on the par-3 17th in her closing 71.

Two strokes behind Choi entering the round and three behind with 10 holes left, Park picked up a stroke when the defending champion bogeyed the ninth, then pulled even with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes.

Park finished at 15-under 269 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and earned $285,000 to push her tour-leading total to $1,954,608. She also won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and the Evian Masters in July in France.

Choi won the U.S. Women's Open in July for her first major title.

Australia's Karrie Webb shot a 68 to finish third at 12 under, and Scotland's Catriona Matthew was another stroke back after a 67.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, tied for fourth after the third round, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 19th at 4 under.

Michelle Wie closed with a 68 to tie for 38th at 1 over, and top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 71 to tie for 49th at 5 over. The Taiwanese star has struggled after winning three times in the first five events of the season.

American Morgan Pressel also had another frustrating week in a season derailed by thumb and wrist injuries, shooting 79-83-81-75 to finish 67th among the 68 finishers at 34 over -- 49 strokes behind Park.

The tournament opened the LPGA Tour's four-event Asian swing. The tour will be in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan the next three weeks.

Inbee Park (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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