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

by Edgar Hayes April 17, 2017, 0:09
Cristie Kerr wins LPGA Lotte in Hawaii for 19th tour title

Jang Su-yeon, who needed a sponsor invite to get into the event, on Friday fired a bogey-free 65 to grab a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the weather-plagued Lotte Championship.

Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Lotte Championship today for her 19th tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory. She earned $300,000 - moving her into fifth on the 2017 LPGA Official Money List - pushing her over $18 million in her career (she sits third on the LPGA Career Money List). "That (first) day and a half that I had struggled a little with my swing feel it was an unbelievable run".

Wie, ranked No. 75 in the world, is a four-time LPGA victor, with her last victory coming at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open. "When you get to hole the putts that you don't necessarily think they're birdie range, it's always nice".

"I had a great feeling for my shots and putting today", she said. "It's just that once I know it's in, I walk after it".

Jang entered the final round with a three-shot lead but closed with a par 72. "I was just kind of on autopilot", said Sharp.

Lydia Ko, the world's top-ranked golfer, shot a 7-under 65 on Friday, but is seven strokes off the lead.

Playing her last tournament as a teenager, Ko ensured she will retain the top ranking into her 20s. She bogeyed the 10th just before play was suspended, but got it back with her sixth birdie of the day, at the 13th. Michelle Wie, the 2014 Lotte champion, made the cut on the number.

Kim, a 28-year-old from Seoul who already has a pair of top-five finishes here, had five consecutive birdies during one stretch for the lowest round of the day.

Stacy Lewis (68), first-round co-leader Mi Hyang Lee (70), Alena Sharp (69) and Becky Morgan, who also has two holes remaining, share fourth place at 8 under. She will have to finish her second round Friday morning.

Canada's Alena Sharp (66) and Cristie Kerr (62) of the U.S. are tied for second at 14-under 202 in the tournament which has featured weather delays in each of the first three rounds.

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