dglobalnews.com South Korea's Kim claims 5th LPGA title
Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

South Korea's Kim claims 5th LPGA title

South Korea's Kim claims 5th LPGA title

Moriya Jutanugarn is trying to win for the first time on the LPGA Tour, while younger sister Ariya — taking the week off — is in position to take the No. 1 spot in the world. Anna Nordqvist, of Sweden, hits off the first fairway during the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

The last time Ryu did not complete a tournament was the 2014 Evian Masters, where she was disqualified after the first round. "Whatever happens tomorrow happens, but I feel like my golf game is in a good place".

Already the first golfer from the region to win a Major championship when she claimed the Women's British Open a year ago, she has now made more history without hitting a ball.

Creamer concluded her round with an up-and-down par at her final hole (No. 9) after her second shot to the par 5 wound up in fescue short and left of the green, forcing her to take an unplayable lie.

"You can't shoot over par on Sunday, that's for sure", Creamer said.

Kim said the concentration required in the hard, windy conditions meant she didn't realize until the final hole that she had a two-stroke cushion.

"I feel like I'm hitting the shots I need to hit", Nordqvist said.

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"I've only had one bogey in the last two days", Creamer said. "I always look for a higher level instead of just make a cut". "I didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than previous year".

"You know, I really prepared for this, I really didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than a year ago", Kim said, after claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory.

She said she had been "pretty nervous" through much of the round due to the testing breeze and also because her threesome was being timed for slow play for several holes.

Tied with Paula Creamer overnight on nine-under par after 36 holes, Kim fired a final round 69 for a total of 11 under and a two-stroke victory over Nordqvist. 16 and 17, but just got a little mucky. "I'm really healthy now, but I fell on the stair and just wasn't good".

"Feel like I had a good putt on ..." Nordqvist, two-time defending champion, also carded a two-under 69.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko will relinquish her world number one ranking on Monday, ending an 84-week reign at the top of women's golf.

Stacy Lewis followed an opening 67 with a 72 to drop into a tie for 19th at 3 under.

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