Beatriz Recari won the Kia Classic in a two hole play-off victory against I.K. Kim after both ladies had completed the tournament with equal scores of -9 under par. The tournament was played at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.
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This was the second career LPGA victory for Beatriz, and she admitted that nerves played a big part;
” I don’t think I’m any close to calm right now, it’s the opposite. Every victory is different and this is just amazing and I can’t believe it. It’s been really hard work and it’s definitely paid off and I’m really happy.”
Beatriz is known on the Tour as Iron Woman, because she is such a determined and gritty player on the course, she explain the reasoning behind the name like this;
” It just comes I think from my family. I was raised by my grandma who was tough, and my mom, too. In Spain when women marry, they don’t lose their name so I had actually my father’s name and my mom’s name, and she always told me, you’re Eransus, you’re not Recari, you’re Eransus, you’re tough. So I just told myself, you know, I’m not a hundred percent, I’m not feeling very bad but definitely not hundred percent so I just have to grind it out and just do it and just do my best.”
I.K. Kim, from South Korea, bogied the eighteenth in regulation, and thought she was done for the day. She then had to come back and play it twice over, before accepting defeat;
” Well, I never thought I could play that hole again and again, but I did that, hit good shots. The second shot is pretty tricky and the last one I had a great chance, too. It was the right club, but we didn’t get that wind kind of, it was kind of gusting on off and we didn’t catch that, so it came out a little short and it had a good chance but she made a good putt.”
Kim is a local girl, living just fifteen minutes from the course, and said it would have been nice to win so close to home;
” Yeah, it would have been great if I had won, you know, but I played well this week and even last week I played well, so I think I’m going in the right direction and I just think I’m working on the right things. You know, it’s getting better, so I’m very excited about this season. You know a lot of people are rooting for me, so I just want to go out there and play my game and nothing else, just have fun. It’s great to have opportunity to win a championship.”
Three players finished tied in third place, at -8 under par, they were; Pornan0ng Phallum, Mo Martin and Cristie Kerr.