ISPS Handa Vic Open Ladies R4

Hee Young Park wins in playoff

February 06-09
13th Beach GC, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
AU$1,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


For the first time in 6 years, 6 months and 26 days, Hee Young Park is an LPGA Tour champion. The 32-year-old from the Republic of Korea survived a four-hole playoff with countrywomen Hye-Jin Choi and So Yeon Ryu to win the 2020 ISPS Handa Vic Open at -8 overall. It is Park’s first victory since the 2013 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and also comes just months after she nearly quit the game rather than face a trip to LPGA Q Series.


“I wasn’t going to Q-School because I thought this is enough. But I tried the Q-School, made the Q-School, finished second,” said Park, who now makes her home in Los Angeles. “That kind of gave some other confidence. And then I just want to (have) the rookie-year feeling, you know? Back to refreshed.”

Park started the day at -9, three strokes off the 54-hold lead held by Ayean Cho. Just as on Saturday, winds increased throughout the day and as the final group of Cho, Madelene Sagstrom and Alena Sharp fell back, Park, Ryu and Choi surged to the top of the leaderboard. Choi’s early 3-under 69 gave her the clubhouse lead at –8. Some 30 minutes later, Park and Ryu forced the second three-person playoff of the season. Park birdied the par-5 18th to pull into the playoff, while Ryu got up and down for par after her tee shot went out of bounds.

On the first playoff hole, Park just missed a 6-foot eagle putt that would have captured the win. On the following hole, Ryu missed her birdie putt to drop out of the playoff. After two more birdies, Choi’s tee shot went into the trees and her punch-out found the opposite hazard. Park ultimately two-putted for par and a hard-fought victory.


“I didn’t really watch the leaderboards, so until the 17th I didn’t know what my spot was and realized I was really close,” said Park. “So I try my best 18 holes and luckily made a birdie and I got a chance and keep grinding.”

Cho entered the round three strokes ahead of the field but stumbled to a final-round 9-over 81 to finish T16. Sagstrom also shot 81 and finished T20, while Sharp’s 5-over 77 was still enough to notch a top-10 finish.


So Yeon Ryu pledges generous brushfire donation

She was obviously disappointed with failing the close out the win, but So Yeon Ryu found many more positives than negatives in her T2 finish. “After I finished my first round, I didn’t expect I was going to be in a playoff, or that I was going to be in contention because I was quite far back off from the leader,” said the 29-year-old two-time major champion. “The leader was like 8 under or something and I was only 1 under. Considering that, I finished pretty strong.”

Despite failing to close out the victory, Ryu is a winner in Australia. The South Korean pledged to donate half her winnings from both the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open to brushfire relief efforts in Australia.

“I feel like even though I’m Korean and even though I spent a lot of time in America, I feel like Australia’s like my second home,” Ryu said. “I have a lot of Australian staff; my coach is Australian, my physio’s Australian and I’m surrounded by a lot of Aussies. I came to Australia quite a lot to do winter training since I was 18. I love Australia, you know, food, wine, coffee, but most importantly people are so nice.


“I feel like without having that experience in Australia, I couldn’t be who I am these days, so I always really think about what Australia has been giving to me. Then I saw what happened in the bushfire, I was like, I want to do something. I just had to promise myself I’m going to play really well. I already promised myself I was going to donate half of the prize money. So, that was my motivation to play well, to donate more money.

“This is not just about me,” Ryu said. “I hope I can be the inspiration to other people because it already has been almost a month, maybe people might forget about it, so hopefully people keep thinking about this and keep willing to help Australia.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
Prize Money
1
Hee Young Park
-8
68 – 68 – 72 – 73
281
$165,000
T2
Hye-Jin Choi
-8
69 – 68 – 75 – 69
281
$90,049
T2
So Yeon Ryu
-8
71 – 70 – 68 – 72
281
$90,049
T4
Leona Maguire
-7
69 – 69 – 74 – 70
282
$52,861
T4
Linnea Strom
-7
66 – 69 – 76 – 71
282
$52,861
T6
Su Oh
-6
73 – 68 – 74 – 68
283
$33,050
T6
Robyn Choi
-6
70 – 65 – 77 – 71
283
$33,050
T6
Minjee Lee
-6
69 – 67 – 74 – 73
283
$33,050
T9
Christina Kim
-5
67 – 70 – 77 – 70
284
$24,288
T9
Alena Sharp
-5
68 – 69 – 70 – 77
284
$24,288
T11
Wichanee Meechai
-4
72 – 69 – 74 – 70
285
$18,869
T11
Ally McDonald
-4
68 – 65 – 81 – 71
285
$18,869
T11
Hannah Green
-4
69 – 73 – 71 – 72
285
$18,869
T11
Tiffany Joh
-4
67 – 73 – 73 – 72
285
$18,869
T11
Pei-Ying Tsai
-4
68 – 68 – 73 – 76
285
$18,869
T16
Ho Yu An (a)
-3
70 – 71 – 72 – 73
286
$0
T16
Yu Liu
-3
70 – 71 – 72 – 73
286
$14,896
T16
Perrine Delacour
-3
69 – 69 – 75 – 73
286
$14,896
T16
Ayean Cho
-3
69 – 66 – 70 – 81
286
$14,896
T20
Anne van Dam
-2
71 – 71 – 73 – 72
287
$12,458
T20
Cheyenne Knight
-2
67 – 75 – 73 – 72
287
$12,458
T20
Dottie Ardina
-2
70 – 70 – 75 – 72
287
$12,458
T20
Jin Hee Im
-2
69 – 70 – 75 – 73
287
$12,458
T20
Stephanie Meadow
-2
67 – 70 – 74 – 76
287
$12,458
T20
Madelene Sagstrom
-2
65 – 67 – 74 – 81
287
$12,458
T26
Peiyun Chien
-1
65 – 74 – 76 – 73
288
$9,739
T26
Jenny Coleman
-1
72 – 70 – 72 – 74
288
$9,739
T26
Yealimi Noh
-1
71 – 70 – 73 – 74
288
$9,739
T26
Maria Fernanda Torres
-1
72 – 67 – 75 – 74
288
$9,739
T26
Jeong Eun Lee
-1
71 – 70 – 72 – 75
288
$9,739
T26
Emma Talley
-1
73 – 66 – 73 – 76
288
$9,739
T26
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
67 – 70 – 74 – 77
288
$9,739
T33
Sarah Kemp
E
71 – 67 – 76 – 75
289
$8,115
T33
Min A Yoon
E
71 – 66 – 77 – 75
289
$8,115
T35
Ssu-Chia Cheng
1
71 – 71 – 71 – 77
290
$7,458
T35
Dana Finkelstein
1
67 – 73 – 72 – 78
290
$7,458
37
Haeji Kang
2
65 – 71 – 77 – 78
291
$7,029
38
Stephanie Kyriacou (a)
4
68 – 73 – 73 – 79
293
$0
39
Suzuka Yamaguchi
5
70 – 72 – 73 – 79
294
$6,744
40
Kelly Tan
6
72 – 70 – 73 – 80
295
$6,458
CUT
Manon De Roey
-1
72 – 70 – 74
$5,494
CUT
Alana Uriell
-1
70 – 72 – 74
$5,494
CUT
Hee Jeong Lim
-1
70 – 71 – 75
$5,494
CUT
Xiyu Lin
-1
67 – 72 – 77
$5,494
CUT
Klara Spilkova
-1
67 – 71 – 78
$5,494
CUT
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
68 – 69 – 79
$5,494
CUT
Haley Moore
-1
66 – 71 – 79
$5,494
CUT
Inbee Park
E
70 – 72 – 75
$4,514
CUT
Tiffany Chan
E
70 – 70 – 77
$4,514
CUT
Cydney Clanton
E
68 – 69 – 80
$4,514
CUT
Jennifer Song
1
75 – 67 – 76
$3,957
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
1
74 – 68 – 76
$3,957
CUT
Karine Icher
1
70 – 68 – 80
$3,957
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
69 – 67 – 82
$3,957
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
74 – 68 – 77
$3,486
CUT
Mina Harigae
2
69 – 73 – 77
$3,486
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
2
70 – 70 – 79
$3,486
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
67 – 72 – 80
$3,486
CUT
Matilda Castren
3
68 – 74 – 78
$3,200
CUT
Andrea Lee
4
74 – 68 – 79
$3,029
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
4
69 – 73 – 79
$3,029
CUT
Linnea Johansson
5
70 – 69 – 83
$2,857
CUT
Karis Davidson
6
73 – 69 – 81
$2,772
CUT
Mel Reid
6
72 – 69 – 82
$2,772
CUT
Jiwon Jeon
7
69 – 69 – 86
$2,686
CUT
Stacy Lewis
-2
74 – 69
$0
CUT
Maia Schechter
-2
74 – 69
$0
CUT
Yui Kawamoto
-2
73 – 70
$0
CUT
Katherine Kirk
-2
72 – 71
$0
CUT
Jane Park
-2
72 – 71
$0
CUT
Jennifer Chang
-2
71 – 72
$0
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
71 – 72
$0
CUT
Julieta Granada
-2
70 – 73
$0
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
70 – 73
$0
CUT
Albane Valenzuela
-2
70 – 73
$0
CUT
Cristie Kerr
-2
69 – 74
$0
CUT
Lauren Kim
-1
74 – 70
$0
CUT
Kylie Henry
-1
73 – 71
$0
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
-1
73 – 71
$0
CUT
Celine Boutier
-1
72 – 72
$0
CUT
Esther Henseleit
-1
72 – 72
$0
CUT
Robynn Ree
-1
72 – 72
$0
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
-1
71 – 73
$0
CUT
Austin Ernst
-1
71 – 73
$0
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
-1
71 – 73
$0
CUT
Laura Davies
-1
67 – 77
$0
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
E
75 – 70
$0
CUT
Karrie Webb
E
75 – 70
$0
CUT
Katja Pogacar
E
74 – 71
$0
CUT
Esther Lee
E
72 – 73
$0
CUT
Hira Naveed
E
72 – 73
$0
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
E
72 – 73
$0
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
E
71 – 74
$0
CUT
Amy Olson
E
71 – 74
$0
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
1
79 – 67
$0
CUT
Brianna Do
1
78 – 68
$0
CUT
Jillian Hollis
1
75 – 71
$0
CUT
Hana Lee
1
75 – 71
$0
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
1
74 – 72
$0
CUT
Jiyai Shin
1
73 – 73
$0
CUT
Maria Fassi
1
72 – 74
$0
CUT
Stephanie Na
1
72 – 74
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72 – 74
$0
CUT
Diksha Dagar
1
71 – 75
$0
CUT
Kim Kaufman
1
71 – 75
$0
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
2
76 – 71
$0
CUT
Haru Nomura
2
76 – 71
$0
CUT
Tonje Daffinrud
2
74 – 73
$0
CUT
Beatriz Recari
2
74 – 73
$0
CUT
Yuka Saso
2
74 – 73
$0
CUT
Lindy Duncan
2
73 – 74
$0
CUT
Hanee Song
2
73 – 74
$0
CUT
Jing Yan
2
73 – 74
$0
CUT
Munchin Keh
2
72 – 75
$0
CUT
Whitney Hillier
3
77 – 71
$0
CUT
Grace Kim (a)
3
76 – 72
$0
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
3
75 – 73
$0
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
3
75 – 73
$0
CUT
Daniela Darquea
3
74 – 74
$0
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
3
74 – 74
$0
CUT
Hee-Won Jung
3
73 – 75
$0
CUT
Paige Stubbs
3
69 – 79
$0
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
4
76 – 73
$0
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
4
72 – 77
$0
CUT
Charlotte Heath (a)
4
71 – 78
$0
CUT
Elizabeth Nagel
5
79 – 71
$0
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77 – 73
$0
CUT
Elmay Viking
5
77 – 73
$0
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
5
75 – 75
$0
CUT
Sarah Burnham
5
73 – 77
$0
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
6
80 – 71
$0
CUT
Marissa Steen
6
76 – 75
$0
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
76 – 75
$0
CUT
Felicity Johnson
7
78 – 74
$0
CUT
Breanna Gill
7
76 – 76
$0
CUT
Christine Wolf
8
81 – 72
$0
CUT
Soo Jin Lee
8
76 – 77
$0
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
8
73 – 80
$0
CUT
Ayaka Sugihara
10
78 – 77
$0
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
11
79 – 77
$0
CUT
Ling-Jie Chen (a)
12
78 – 79
$0
CUT
Peng-Shan Liu (a)
13
78 – 80
$0
CUT
Tahnia Ravnjak
17
78 – 84
$0
WD
Katherine Perry
81
$0
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