Marathon weekend of golf ends with a new tournament record.
Amy Yang held off So Yeon Ryu on the final day of the Honda LPGA Thailand to win the event for the second time in the last three seasons and pick up her third career victory. With a birdie on the final hole, Yang carded a final round 68 and set a new Tournament scoring record at 22 under par. She bested the previous mark by 1 stroke (Suzann Pettersen 2007 and Ai Miyazato 2010).
Heavy rainstorms during the second round forced a marathon golf scenario for many players to battle through along with the warm temperatures and humid playing conditions. Amy Yang was forced to play 31 holes on Saturday and finish up her five remaining round three holes early Sunday morning.
None of that fazed Yang as she carded 10 birdies, 1 eagle and only 1 bogey over her second and partial third rounds on Saturday taking a 4-shot overnight lead. She returned early Sunday morning and birdied the 17th to gain one more shot on the field as she closed out her third round.
“You know, very happy, beyond happy. Wasn’t easy with rain delays and 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls two days in a row.” Yang described following her victory. “But, you know, I stayed really patient out there, did my best, and very happy to win the tournament.”
Yang has been remarkable in Thailand over the last three seasons and has yet to card an over-par round. Her 1-under, 71 during the third round in 2015 is her highest score.
“It’s always nice to be back here playing.” Yang responded when asked about her success in Thailand. “I love this place. I love people here. And with my parents, spending time with them here, it’s just great every time.”