Creamer downs Munoz to win HSBC Champions
03/01/2014 3:31 AM
03/02/2014 2:35 AM
Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) - Paula Creamer poured in a long, big-breaking eagle putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Azahara Munoz and win the HSBC Women's Champions.
Creamer closed with her second straight 3-under 69 to end at 10-under-par 278. Munoz posted a 2-under 70 to join her in the extra session.
The duo narrowly missed birdie putts on the first extra hole, No. 18. They returned to the 18th for a second time.
They both found the short grass off the tee. After Munoz laid up in the fairway with her second shot, Creamer knocked her second onto the green. Munoz played her third to about nine feet, but she never got a chance to putt it.
Creamer was easily 70 feet from the hole, and her putt broke dramatically from right to left and was downhill. She 2-putted for par in regulation from a similar spot, but this time hit a perfect putt and rolled into the center of the hole for eagle and the win.
Karrie Webb, the 2011 winner here, was in charge of the tournament most of the week on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. She led by three with six holes to go, but bogeyed three of the last six to miss the playoff by one stroke. Webb shot 2-over 74 to end alone in third at minus-9.
So Yeon Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion, fired a 6-under 66 for the low round of the day. She soared 13 spots into a share of fourth at 7-under- par 281.
Ryu ended alongside 2012 champion Angela Stanford (75), Suzann Pettersen (70), Morgan Pressel (71) and women's world No. 1 Inbee Park (68).
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