World No. 21 Mirim Lee carded a final round seven-under par, 65 to win the KIA Classic at Carlsbad by six-strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Austin Ernst.
Lee’s winning total of 20-under par matched the Tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in 2015, when Lee finished runner-up.
“It's been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game. But I try to focus and then gives me good result,” Lee told the media through a translator.
In a strange case of history repeating itself, Lee slept on the 54-hole lead this week just as she had done in 2015. That year, Kerr trailed Lee by three-strokes, just as she did again on Sunday. In 2015, Kerr went on to post a final round 65 to win by two-strokes ahead of Lee who managed a final round 70. This week, it was Lee who posted a 65 to win and Kerr who shot 70 to finish T-4 for the week.
Throughout much of Sunday’s final round, it was So Yeon Ryu giving chase. She started the final round at eight-under par, five-strokes back of Lee. Ryu pulled within three-strokes with three holes to play, but the world No. 5 failed to convert several birdies on her second nine. Ryu’s six-under par, 66 earned her a T-2 finish and fourth consecutive top-10 of 2017.
England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff overcame a poor third round to finish in 21T, after a closing 68.
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