Inbee Park holds off Carlota Ciganda for Lorena Ochoa Invit'l win

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inbee Park won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday, holding off Carlota Ciganda for her fifth victory of the season and 17th LPGA Tour title.

The second-ranked South Korean star birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 8-under 64 and a three-stroke victory over Ciganda in cloudy conditions at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico.

"It was definitely the putter. It was really good this week," Park said. "I made a lot of birdies this week. It was a lot of fun today with Carlota playing so well. ... It was almost a perfect day today. I didn't make any mistakes, so I was able to focus on my game."

Ciganda shot a 63. The Spaniard eagled the par-5 second hole and had eight birdies and a bogey.

Park finished at 18-under 270. She was making her first start since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on her left middle finger.

Tournament host Ochoa won 27 LPGA Tour titles. She retired in 2010.

"Winning this tournament is such an honor," Park said.

South Korea's Sei Young Kim was third at 13 under after a 66.

So Yeon Ryu, also from South Korea, shot a 67 to finish fourth at 11 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko skipped the tournament to rest for her title defense next week in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.