SINGAPORE — Angela Stanford of the United States captured her fifth career victory on the third playoff hole at the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions on Sunday.
Angela Stanford added Champion of Champions to her resume with a victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions. She joins a world-class list of past champions that include Lorena Ochoa (2008), Jiyai Shin (2009), Ai Miyazato (2010) and Karrie Webb (2011). “I feel extremely honored to be in that group of golfers and women, and to be the first American to get to win here is pretty special,” she said.
Is this the biggest win of Stanford’s career? “Well, I haven’t won a major yet, so this is the closest thing so far,” Stanford said. “The best players in the world are here and they call it Asia’s major, so it’s the closest thing to me.”
Final-round play at the HSBC Women’s Champions was delayed from 3:05 p.m. to 4:39 p.m. because of lightning in the area. A storm cell sat above Tanah Merah Country Club producing rain, loud thunder and multiple lightning strikes nearby. When play resumed, Angela Stanford, Jenny Shin and Katie Futcher were the only group remaining on the golf course.
“Honestly, I was just trying to make par because I’m very aware that anything can happen on that hole,” Stanford said. “And I didn’t. I still made a bogey. You know, the rain delay was tough because you’re the only three golfers left, and you know, 18 has always been a tough hole for me, so to sit there and have to wait and you’re just looking at it, I mean it’s tough because you know it’s only going to be three to five more shots.
What began as a four-player, sudden-death playoff was reduced to a three-player playoff after Shanshan Feng three-putted the first playoff hole. On the second hole, Na Yeon Choi dropped out after missing a four-foot par putt. On the third hole, Jenny Shin lipped out from three feet and Angela Stanford made a four-foot putt that touched most of the cup before falling in.
With her victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions, Angela Stanford earned an all-inclusive stay for two at a Canyon Ranch resort. In a combined effort to promote health and overall well-being among Tour players, Canyon Ranch will provide every winner of an LPGA event with one all-inclusive stay at one of Canyon Ranch’s two destination resorts.
Angela Stanford, -10 * won in playoff
Jenny Shin, -10
Na Yeon Choi, -10
Yani Tseng, -9
Shin stays hot. Second-year LPGA player Jenny Shin wasn’t able to join the ranks of the Rolex First-Time Winners, but she was able to improve her consecutive top-10 streak to three tournaments. The 19-year-old finished seventh at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, tied for ninth at the Honda LPGA Thailand and tied for second at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
Yani Tseng made a charge, but fell short in her bid to win the HSBC Women’s Champions. She overcame a three-shot overnight deficit in the first nine holes of play on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough. The 23-year-old made five birdies on the front nine to take a share of the lead with Jenny Shin at 11-under-par following a two-putt birdie from 20 feet on No. 9. But the back nine was less kind to Tseng.
Her drive on 10 found a fairway bunker and her approach embedded in the rough short of the green. Following a free drop, she chipped over the green, chipped again to 40 feet, and two-putted for double bogey to drop three shots behind Shin, who made birdie at No. 9 to get to 12-under-par.
Tseng overturned her negative momentum with a birdie at No. 11 and scrambled for par on No. 12 after a poor approach shot short and left of the green. A bogey at the par-3 14th – where she missed the green long — dropped her to 9-under-par. On 17, she nearly holed out for eagle from the fairway – her ball caught the cup and went to 4-feet – but she missed the putt and her last real chance at winning the tournament.