May 3rd, 2021
Hyo Joo Kim storms to victory in Singapore
South Korean wins HSBC Women's World Championship in dramatic style
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Kim, a few holes ahead of the final grouping, set the clubhouse lead at seventeen-under and then had to sit and wait as Green, who eagled the 14th after holing out with her second shot, joined her in the lead.
Green holed from fifteen feet for a birdie at the 16th to take a one-shot lead but then three-putted the 17th to give the shot back.
The misery continued for Green as she proceeded to bogey the final hole, taking three putts but this time from off the back edge of the green, to relinquish the joint lead and miss out on a third career win.
"I didn't really feel like I was in it until I holed the shot on 14. That was a nice way to get my momentum. Made a really good putt on 16 to make birdie, but obviously pretty disappointed to have two 3-putts finishing. Felt a little nerves on the last, which is nice, because I guess having the spectators out there it kind of meant something to me," said Green.
Kim who had been watching events unfold on the TV in the player's lounge, proceeded to receive the statutory shower of champagne from her friends on tour.
"My goal this year was to get a win, and I'm glad I already achieved that," said Kim.
"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."
Patty Tavatanakit, who won April's ANA Inspirational, carded a final round seven-under-par round of 65 to join Inbee Park and Xiyu Lin in a tie for third on fifteen-under-par.
So Yeon Ryu's closed with a second-straight 70 to finish in sixth-place finish on twelve-under, with Carlota Ciganda, In Gee Chun, Lydia Ko and Gaby Lopez one shot back in a tie for seventh.
England's Mel Reid shot a final round two-under-par 70 to finish in a tie for twenty-eighth on three-under with countrywomen Charley Hull and Jodie Ewart-Shadoff a further shot back.
Former Open champion Georgia Hall carded a final round 69 to finish the event on level par.