South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo snatches Evian Championship title

South Korea`s Kim Hyo-joo claimed her first major title and denied Australia`s Karrie Webb a career cleansweep of major victories by winning the Evian Championship in France on Sunday.

Reuters| Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 22:21 PM IST
South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo snatches Evian Championship title

Paris: South Korea`s Kim Hyo-joo claimed her first major title and denied Australia`s Karrie Webb a career cleansweep of major victories by winning the Evian Championship in France on Sunday.

Kim, who shot a nine-under-par opening round of 61, the lowest ever round in a men or women`s major, took a one-shot lead into the final round but the 19-year-old trailed the experienced Webb by one going up the 18th hole.

But the 39-year-old Webb, who was chasing an eighth major title and her first at the Evian Championship, bogeyed the final hole, which gifted Kim the victory after she rolled in a birdie to card a three-under-par 68 and finish in a total of 273.

South Korea`s Jang Ha-na and Hur Mi-jung finished tied in third on nine-under, while Norway`s defending champion Suzann Pettersen finished sixth, four shots off the lead.