Ahn wins CJ Nine Bridges Classic by three shots
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Gloria Park put a major scare into Ahn as she fired a course record 10-under 62 on Sunday. She vaulted into a tie for second, from a share of 26th. She was joined in second place at nine-under-par 207 by Laura Davies,
Ahn, who never led wire-to-wire, got off to a fast start with a birdie on the first at Nine Bridges Golf Club. She climbed to 10-under with a birdie at the par-five third.
The 19-year-old found trouble at the fourth. She bogeyed the hole, but responded with a birdie on No. 8. Around the turn, Ahn moved to 11-under with a birdie at the par-four 10th.
Ahn dropped another stroke at the 13th, but her lead was still two. She responded with a birdie at the very next hole to extend her lead.
After Gloria Park finished at minus-nine, things got interesting as Ahn bogeyed the 16th to see her lead fall to one. Showing veteran-like poise, the Japan LPGA Tour rookie eagled the 54th and final hole to win by three strokes.
Park began the day at one-over par but started with a birdie at the first. She started to make her move up the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies from the seventh.
Park again converted back-to-back birdies from the 10th to get to four-under. The Seoul native then sank three consecutive birdies from the 13th before closing with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.
Pak made an early run with two straight birdies from the first, but a bogey at the par-four fourth ended her momentum. She managed an eagle at the par-five ninth and a birdie at the last to climb back into a share of second place.
Davies picked up birdies at the first and third, but stumbled to a bogey at the fourth. She later birdied Nos. 7 and 9. Around the turn, the 40-year-old dropped another stroke with a bogey at the 10th.
She responded with birdies on 14 and 16. Davies faltered to her third bogey of the day at the 17th, but closed with a birdie at the last to share second.
Suzann Pettersen and Jung Yeon Lee shared sixth place at seven-under-par 209. Soo-Yun Kang and Rachel Teske tied for eighth at minus-six, while Lorie Kane was one stroke further back at five-under-par 211.
Michelle Wie mounted a rally in the final round, but could not overcome her opening-round 85 as she finished in last place. She closed with a two-under 70 to end the event at 17-over-par 233.