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Taiwanese golfer Amy Hung wins second place at Brasil Cup

2012/05/07 22:42:46

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Amy Hung finished second in the 2012 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup Sunday in Rio de Janeiro after finishing the two-round tournament at 9-under 137, four shots behind winner Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand.

Hung fired an 8-under 65 on the course at Itanhanga Golf Club Sunday, the lowest round of the day among the 30 players in the field, helping her secure her best performance on the LPGA Tour in eight years.

She tallied nine birdies and one bogey in the final round and took home US$83,990, but because it was one of the year's unofficial tournaments, the winnings will not be included in the LPGA's official money list.

Hung said after her round that she felt good about her wedges and putting. "Inside 100 yards, I gave myself putts of 3 feet or 4 feet and I was making all of them."

Hung was also asked about why she did so well in the final round. "There are a lot of par 5s on this golf course and I'm sure a lot of long hitters can bomb it out there. I consider myself not to be a long hitter but I lay out good yardage and hit a full shot with a wedge in. That worked out pretty well," she said.

She also credited her success to changes she made to her clubs, particularly her long irons and woods.

"I had done some club change, experimenting with new clubs," she said. "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."

Phatlum carded 6-under 67 to finish the tournament at 13-under 133 and capture her first win on the LPGA tour.

Another Taiwanese golfer, Candie Kung, carded a two-day total of 7-under 139 to tie for fifth, while world No. 10 Paula Creamer of the United States shot an 8-under 138 to tie for third, and Suzann Pettersen of Norway tied for 10th with a 5-under 141.

(By Long Bo-an and Ann Chen)