Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum cruises to LPGA victory in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (May 6, 2012) - Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum won the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup exhibition event Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Taiwan's Amy Hung.
Phatlum finished at 13-under 133 in the two-day, 30-player tournament at Itanhanga Golf Club. She had five birdies on the front nine to pull away.
"I'm so excited today," Phatlum said. "I played really well today and I played my own game. I'm just very happy. ... I very much liked coming to play here. Everybody was very nice. I love to play here. I will come back here."
Her brother, Pornpong, caddied for her. He's also a professional player.
"We just have fun today and my caddie, my brother, he helped me to concentrate," Phatlum said. "He helped me to focus on my game and kept me in the round."
Hung shot an 8-under 65, the best round of the event.
"I had done some club change, experimenting with new clubs," Hung said. "So it was kind of up and down the last few weeks. I didn't have a lot of time to do that in the offseason. That is something you should do in the offseason, but I was too busy playing tournaments. I probably found something I like this week and I'll stick with it the rest of the season and hopefully keep shooting low scores like this."
Paula Creamer eagled the par-5 ninth hole, but gave it back with two bogeys on the back nine and finished with a 69 to tie for third with Chella Choi at 8 under.
"I've had a wonderful time," Creamer said. "I got to do a lot of things that you don't normally get to do at golf tournaments. Just being able to see the culture. This is my first time in South America, so it's nice to be able to see a different country and everybody has been really nice, really wonderful here. I'm really looking forward to the Olympics and, hopefully, I'll be able to come and represent my country."
France's Karine Icher, tied with Phatlum for the first-round lead, had a 73 to join Amanda Blumenherst (67), Brittany Lang (71), Candie Kung (71) and Katie Futcher (72) at 7 under.