Rolex Rankings No. 45 Beatriz Recari has been known as the “Iron Woman” on the LPGA Tour of late for her consistency and on Sunday, she used a gritty performance to hold off I.K. Kim in a two-hole playoff to win her second-career LPGA victory at the Kia Classic.
Recari, who was bogey-free for the first three rounds in Carlsbad, turned in three bogeys and one birdie in regulation including a bogey on the 18th where she missed a four-foot par putt to win. After her win, Recari admitted to that her nerves were not nearly as calm as they were during her first win back in 2010.
“I don't think I'm any close to calm right now,” said Recari. “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.”
Australian Karrie Webb had a disappointing 2 over 74 to finish tied 6th. Webb could not capture the form in her earlier rounds with 4 bogeys and 2 birdies in the final round.
Lindsey Wright, the other Australian in the field had a final round 77 to finish tied 67th.
The next event on the LPGA schedule is the Kraft Nabisco Championship.