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Park In-bee comes up short in bid to win fourth consecutive major

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Park In-bee came up well short in her bid to win her fourth LPGA major in a row on Sunday, finishing tied for 42nd at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Park closed out the tournament with a 6-over 78 on Sunday at the par-72 Old Course at St Andrews, 14 shots behind the champion, Stacy Lewis of the United States. Park ended her tournament at 6-over 294. Having captured the first three majors of 2013, Park was trying to become the first golfer, male or female, to win four straight professional majors in the same season.

Golf: LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship scores

Leading scores on Friday after the first round of the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship (par-71, USA unless noted): 65 - Mika Miyazato (JPN) 66 - Ryu So-Yeon (KOR), Angela Stafford 67 - Mina Harigae, Suzann Pettersen (NOR), Christel Boeljon (NED), Sarah Kemp (AUS), Chie Arimura (JPN), Danielle Kang, Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz (ESP), Beatriz Recari (ESP), Lisa McCloskey 68 - Momoko Ueda (JPN), Jennifer Johnson, Paula Creamer, Nicole Castrale, Natalie Gulbis, Tseng Ya-Ni (TPE), Morgan Pressel, Shin Jiyai (KOR), Oh Ji-Young (KOR)

Golf: LPGA Championship scores

Leading final-round scores here on Sunday in the LPGA Championship (x-won playoff; a-amateur; USA unless noted; par-72): 283 - x-Park In-Bee (KOR) 72-68-68-75, Catriona Matthew (SCO) 71-71-73-68 284 - Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 72-73-74-65, Morgan Pressel 68-70-71-75 285 - Yoo Sun-Young (KOR) 73-69-70-73, Amy Yang (KOR) 71-70-74-70, Shin Jiyai (KOR) 68-73-69-75, Chella Choi (KOR) 67-73-73-72 286 - Feng Shanshan (CHN) 74-70-72-70, Michelle Wie 76-68-71-71, Choi Na-Yeon (KOR) 72-70-70-74

Golf: Chella Choi seizes one-shot LPGA Championship lead

Chella Choi fired six birdies in a five-under par 67 on Friday to seize a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean Shin Jiyai and American Morgan Pressel in the LPGA Championship. After steady rain washed out play on Thursday, delaying the start of the second women's major of the season, Choi was quick to get into the swim on Friday morning with five birdies on the front nine at Locust Hill Country Club. She added another birdie at the par-four 10th before her only bogey at 13 on a day when she hit all 14 fairways in regulation.

Golf: LPGA Championship scores

Leading first-round scores here on Friday in the LPGA Championship (USA unless noted, par-72): 67 - Chella Choi (KOR) 68 - Shin Jiyai (KOR), Morgan Pressel 69 - Brittany Lincicome 70 - Jessica Korda, Pak Se-Ri (KOR) 71 - Hur Mi-Jung (KOR), Chie Arimura (JPN), Angela Stanford, Lee Il-Hee (KOR), Laura Davies (ENG), Anna Nordqvist (SWE), Catriona Matthew (SCO), Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang (KOR)

Golf: China's Feng set to defend LPGA Championship crown

Feng Shanshan, who became China's first major golf champion by capturing last year's LPGA Championship, returns to defend her title at the $2.25 million event starting Thursday. Seventh-ranked Feng and the rest of the world's top 50 players will take aim at a $337,500 top prize at Locust Hill Country Club, where Feng fired the best round of last year's event, a five-under 67, on Sunday to win by two shots. "My life hasn't been really changed," Feng said. "People didn't know much about golf in China, so we had a great chance to promote it."

Golf: Shin returns to defend LPGA Kingsmill crown

World number one Park In-Bee and defending champion Shin Jiyai headline a stellar field for the $1.3 million LPGA Kingsmill Championship that starts Thursday. All of the top-10 players in the world rankings are competing as the LPGA plays its first tournament on the US East Coast this season. Shin won last year's title in dramatic fashion, finally triumphing over Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a sudden death playoff. That came on a Monday morning after darkness halted play with the two still deadlocked through eight playoff holes.

Golf: Germany's Masson clings to LPGA lead

Germany's Caroline Masson endured a tough finish but still held on to the lead at the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout on Friday at the halfway stage. Masson, a rookie on the US women's tour, followed up a bogey-free first-round 64 with an even par 71 for a seven-under total of 135 -- one stroke in front of Carlota Ciganda of Spain. Ciganda, the Rookie of the Year on the Ladies European Tour in 2012, fired a one-under 70 for 136. "I didn't play as good as yesterday, but I expected that after that round yesterday," Masson said.

Golf: LPGA North Texas Shootout scores

Leading second-round scores on Friday in the North Texas LPGA Shootout (USA unless noted, par-71): 135 - Caroline Masson (GER) 64-71 136 - Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 66-70 137 - Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 71-66, Park In-Bee (KOR) 67-70, Kathleen Ekey 70-67 138 - Feng Shanshan (CHN) 71-67, Brittany Lincicome 70-68, Jessica Korda 69-69, Tseng Ya-ni (TPE) 69-69, Park Hee-Young 68-70 139 - Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 71-68, Choi Na-Yeon (KOR) 70-69, Seo Hee-Kyung (KOR) 70-69, Angela Stanford 69-70

Golf: LPGA North Texas Shootout scores

Leading first-round scores on Thursday in the North Texas LPGA Shootout (USA unless noted): 64 - Caroline Masson (GER) 66 - Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 67 - Mo Martin, Hur Mi-Jung (KOR), Kristy McPherson, Felicity Johnson (ENG), Park In-Bee (KOR) 68 - Park Hee-Young (KOR), Taylor Coleman, Christina Kim 69 - Kang Hae-Ji (KOR), Moira Dunn, Angela Stanford, Jessica Korda, Tseng Ya-ni, Azahara Munoz (ESP)
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