Cristie Kerr wins LPGA Lotte in Hawaii for 19th tour title

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie

Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Lotte Championship today for her 19th tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory.

Kerr's 20-under 268 total set the tournament record.

The American, who earned US$300,000 (RM1.3 million) for the win, said her game clicked into gear unexpectedly on Friday.

Kerr ended a 30-event victory drought, since the 2015 season finale. She wasn't as sharp in the final round but collected six birdies and no bogeys.

South Korea's Jang Su-Yeon notched a birdie and a par early on Friday (April 14) to cap a second-round 67 and seize the halfway lead in the weather-delayed LPGA Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii.

Also tied for second were Kiwi Lydia Ko, and South Korean Chun In-Gee.

The Punahou graduate has posted five top-35 finishes, including two top-10's in her last four events.

Jang's starting to get a knack for the golf course at the LOTTE Championship, having finished fifth here a year ago and now tied for second.

The West Australian couldn't reproduce the fireworks of past year when she closed with a 63 to win and, after starting the final round 10 shots back, could only manage a 2-under 70.

"With how the girls are playing, it's just really hard to mend the gap", said Ko, who was eight shots behind going into Saturday's finale.

"Wow, I don't know what to say". She was just one back after sinking a 15-footer from the fringe on the 16th.

The sponsor's invitee had gone 59 holes without a bogey before dropping three strokes just before the turn to open the door for Kerr. I think it's just really peaceful and a little bit different to be at, " she told media today. "It was an unbelievable run". She has played all six Lottes, with her best finish in her first, when she tied for 25th. One of the hottest players on the tour over the previous year, Ariya is still looking for her first win of 2017 after a couple of runner-up finishes. "I was very happy with how I played". "So experience definitely helps".

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