S.H. Park fends off electric Danielle Kang charge to regain world No. 1 in Arkansas
Lead changes were the name of the game on Sunday in Rogers, Arkansas. But it was one final birdie from S.H. Park that made all the difference, as the 25-year-old regained her status as world No. 1.
There were low scores abound at the final round of the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship. Hyo Joo Kim made six birdies on the front nine and took the outright lead. Inbee Park birdied 11, 14 and 15 to take the lead. Danielle Kang finished eagle-par-birdie-birdie-birdie. All three posted final-round 65s to finish at 17 under, where they waited for S.H. Park.
But Park was relentless. The South Korean superstar found the fairway and then the green at the reachable par-5 18th, then lagged her 30-footer inside a foot. She easily cleaned that up for a closing 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory.
If you’re looking for her most spectacular shot of the day, however, that came at No. 7, where she gunned at the flagstick from 211 yards — and struck it directly. Watch (and listen!) below.
Park last ascended to Rolex World No. 1 after winning the HSBC Women’s World Championship earlier this year. She’ll take the crown from Jin-Young Ko, who finished T18. You can see complete final-round highlights below.