Women's British Open: Inbee Park wins seventh major at Turnberry

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Brilliant Park beats Ko to Open title
Women's British Open final leaderboard
-12 Park (Kor); -9 Ko (Kor); -8 Ryo (Kor); Ko (NZ) -7 Pettersen (Nor); -6 Lu (Tai); -5 Nordqvist (Swe), Miyazato (Jap); -4 Reid (Eng), Boulden (Wal), Lee (Aus)
Selected others: E Lewis (US), Burke (Eng); +4 Hull (Eng); +9 Clyburn (Eng)

Inbee Park claimed her seventh major title by seeing off the challenge of fellow South Korean Ko Jin-young to win the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

The world number one, 27, shot seven birdies and an eagle during a seven-under 65 - a joint course record.

This gave her a three-shot victory over 20-year-old Ko, whose debut major ended with a 71 to leave her nine under.

England's Melissa Reid and Wales' Amy Boulden tied for ninth on four under, after 71 and 72 respectively.

Ryu So-yeon continued the South Korean dominance of the event with a back nine that comprised four birdies to give her a four-under 68 and a tie for third along with 18-year-old world number two Lydia Ko (69), who was born in Seoul but represents New Zealand.

Ko Jin-young
Ko Jin-young was playing in her very first major at Turnberry

Park, who has won six of the past 14 majors, is three shy of Annika Sorenstam's modern-day record of 10.

"It feels great, this is something I have been dreaming of all my life," she told BBC Sport. "I finally reached my goal. It's just a relief. I'm so happy with everything.

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"I didn't feel that confident before this week, but to overcome a lot of things to win this championship is phenomenal.

"When I play majors and see myself on the leaderboard it gives me a lot of confidence. Holding another major trophy is a confidence boost and is a big key to my success.

"I can't really say what the next goal is because this is the one I set for my career. There are a lot of legendary players I should look up to. For now I should relax and enjoy this moment."

She also praised compatriot Ko, who is represented by the same management company as the world number one.

Park joins elite group
Inbee Park has joined a group comprising Americans Pat Bradley, Mickey Wright, Juli Inkster and Louise Suggs, Swede Annika Sorenstam and Australian Karrie Webb who have all won at least four different majors.

"Ko Jin-young is a very talented girl and I didn't know I would be able to win on 12 under," added Park. "All four days she has been fantastic. I know her well, I even had dinner with her this week. The golfing gods were on my side."

It was another day of testing conditions at Turnberry, with wind and rain posing problems for players.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who was second overnight, was let down by her putting and carded a 72 to finish fifth on seven under, a shot ahead of joint overnight leader 27-year-old Teresa Lu (74) of Chinese Taipei.

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Sweden's 2009 PGA Championship winner Anna Nordqvist birdied three of the last five holes to finish five under, along with Japanese player Mika Miyazato (73).

Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen took advantage of the more beneficial morning conditions to card a seven-under 65, the joint best of the tournament with Kim Jyo-hoo's first-round score, to finish one under.

Hannah Burke of England carded a one-under 71 to finish level along with American Stacy Lewis, who won this event in 2013, and also shot a 71 on Sunday.

England's Charley Hull enjoyed a good day, breaking 70 for the first time in the tournament with a three-under 69 to finish four over and joint 31st.

Full leaderboard

(USA unless stated, par 70):

276 Inbee Park (Kor) 69 73 69 65

279 Ko Jin-young (Kor) 68 71 69 71

280 Ryu So-Yeon (Kor) 67 72 73 68, Lydia Ko (Nzl) 66 73 72 69

281 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 68 69 72 72

282 Teresa Lu (Tai) 68 71 69 74

283 Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 68 72 70 73, Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 69 72 73 69

284 Melissa Reid (Eng) 73 70 69 72, Amy Boulden (Wal) 71 74 68 71, Minjee Lee (Aus) 69 72 70 73

286 Maria Mcbride (Swe) 79 66 69 72

287 Yani Tseng (Tai) 72 72 72 71, Kim Hyo-joo (Kor) 65 78 73 71, Luna Sobron (Spa) 70 77 71 69, Cristie Kerr 66 77 73 71

288 Hannah Burke (Eng) 74 72 71 71, Lee Mi-hyang (Kor) 70 75 74 69, Lexi Thompson 71 75 70 72, Stacy Lewis 70 75 72 71

289 Nanna koerstz Madsen (Den) 70 78 76 65, Angela Stanford 69 78 73 69, Lee Jung-min (Kor) 70 75 76 68

290 Nicole Broch larsen (Den) 69 74 70 77, Sun Young Yoo (Kor) 71 73 74 72, Lee-Anne Pace (SA) 75 73 74 68, Shanshan Feng (Chn) 71 74 76 69

291 Jenny Shin 71 74 76 70, Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 73 74 75 69, Maria Balikoeva (Rus) 73 73 75 70

292 Jane Park 72 74 72 74, Ha Na Jang (Prk) 71 75 77 69, Christina Kim 71 72 75 74, Chun In-gee (Kor) 72 76 71 73, Charley Hull (Eng) 73 73 77 69

293 Marina Alex 73 74 76 70, Gerina Piller 70 79 76 68, Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 71 74 73 75, Sakura Yokomine (Jpn) 72 77 73 71, Amy Yang (Kor) 69 76 74 74, Candie Kung (Tai) 72 75 70 76, Sandra Gal (Ger) 74 74 76 69

294 Lizette Salas 72 76 77 69

295 Florentyna Parker (Eng) 68 77 74 76, Julieta Granada (Par) 70 74 71 80, Gwladys Nocera (Fra) 70 75 74 76

296 Jennifer Song 71 74 76 75, Katie Burnett 68 81 71 76, Q Baek (Prk) 67 82 75 72

297 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 76 73 75 73, Misuzu Narita (Jpn) 69 75 76 77, Chella Choi (Kor) 72 77 75 73, Azahara Munoz (Spa) 68 78 79 72, Catriona Matthew (Sco) 71 77 77 72, Brittany Lincicome (USA) 75 74 77 71

298 Austin Ernst 75 74 77 72, Alison Walshe 70 74 72 82, Stacey Keating (Aus) 71 76 73 78, Danielle Kang 70 79 73 76, Jaye Marie Green 72 74 78 74

299 Xiyu Lin (Chn) 72 76 74 77, Choi Na-yeon (Kor) 72 75 76 76, Tiffany Joh 72 75 77 75, Kelly Shon 70 76 74 79, Brooke m. Henderson (Can) 73 75 79 72

300 Ssu-chia Cheng (Tpe) 72 77 71 80, Ashleigh Simon (SA) 72 77 76 75, Alena Sharp (Can) 72 77 77 74

301 Wei Ling Hsu (Tai) 74 74 77 76, Mina Harigae 72 76 80 73

302 Nina Holleder (Ger) 72 77 76 77, Su-hyun Oh (Kor) 77 72 79 74, Carly Booth (Sco) 72 77 79 74

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