PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. — Ruoning YuinSunday was the second Chinese winner in LPGA Tour History. Georgia HallThe DIO Implant LA Open.
The 20-year old Yin finished with a thrilling 1-under 70 to win over Hall, the English player whose 5-foot birdie attempt on the 18th to force a playoff was slid by the left side. Recently retired Shanshan FengThe only other Chinese champion, he won 10 times on the LPGA Tour.
Yin stated, “That means a lot not only for me but also for China.” “Shanshan has always been my goal here, I think she got 10 tours wins here, but that’s only my first one. She is definitely the person I look up too.”
Yin finished at 15 under 269 at Palos Verdes Golf Club. She made six birdies and five bogeys during the final round of her 20th tour start.
She shot a nine-hole stretch with no pars, including a birdie on No. 2, three straight bogeys and four straight birdies, with a bogey on No. 10. After dropping a stroke at 13 she birdied 14 and won the final four.
Yin said, “I fought so much today.” “I just made three consecutive bogeys on the front nine. I am so happy that my opponent fought back.
Hall finished with a score of 67 and four birdies in a round without a bogey. She finished second in Arizona last week, losing a playoff. Celine Boutier.
Hall said, “It was really great to be in this position over the weekend, especially with my 9 under yesterday.” “Just really proud of me again. It was really disappointing that I didn’t make it to another playoff. But, a bogey-free round in difficult conditions on the final day, so just keep going to the next one.”
Patty TavatanakitThailand and Hyo Joo kimSouth Korea tied for third at 12 below, with Tavatanakit shooting 65, and Kim 71.
Nelly Korda(67) Carlota Ciganda (66) were 11 under.