Eun-Hee Ji walked away with much more than her second victory in eight starts at the LPGA Kia Classic on Sunday. She also picked up the keys to two new Kia Sorrento cars.
On Sunday, the 31-year-old Ji held off both Kim and Kerr as she closed with a scintillating 67 at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., to capture the Kia Classic by two strokes over Kerr and Lizette Salas at 16-under par 272, three better than Kim, Jane Park and Kris Tamulis.
Beginning the final round tied for the lead at 11 under par with Salas and Kim, Ji birdied Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and then made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole to put the tournament away, extending her lead from one stroke to three. The ace also earned Ji a 2091 Kia Sorrento. She then coasted home, cautiously – and wisely – protecting her lead.
The win marks the continuation of a remarkable comeback for the 31-year-old Korean, who had waited for eight years since her win at the US Women's Open before lifting the trophy at the LPGA Swinging Skirts in Taiwan last October.
Much to Ji's surprise she also picked up the keys to another Kia Sorrento, to go with her $270,000 first-place check.
England's Bronte Law enjoyed another good week on the LPGA, finishing in 14T. She will now head to the season's first major, the ANA Inspiration, next week.