South Korea`s Kim Hyo-Joo wins LPGA Founders Cup

AFP| Updated: Mar 23, 2015, 11:12 AM IST
South Korea`s Kim Hyo-Joo wins LPGA Founders Cup

Kim Hyo-Joo, fired up after a bogey at the 10th, birdied five of her last eight holes on Sunday to win the LPGA Founders Cup by three strokes from Stacy Lewis.

The 19-year-old South Korean had seven birdies in her five-under par 67, capturing a second LPGA Tour title to go with the major crown she earned at the Evian Championship last year.

Kim led Lewis by two strokes going into the final round at Wildfire Golf Club.

Lewis closed within one shot late on Sunday but three-putted for bogey at the 18th to cap a four-under par 68.

Her 18-under par total of 270 gave her a second runner-up finish in her last three events.

South Korean Lee Il-Hee grabbed a share of third place with a six-under par 66. She was joined on 272 by compatriot Lee Mi-Hyang, who carded a 68, and Thailand`s Pornanong Phatlum, who signed for a 67.

World number one Lydia Ko fired a three-under par 69 for the third straight day to lead a group of five players sharing sixth place on 15-under 273.

Sweden`s Anna Nordqvist joined the group with a sparkling 64, American Austin Ernst and South Korea`s Kim Sei-Young both posted 65s and South Korean Choi Na-Yeon posted a 66 for 273.