Hull wins Navistar LPGA Classic by 1 shot|
Prattville, AL (Sports Network) - Katherine Hull birdied the 17th hole and
shot a five-under 67 Sunday to win the Navistar LPGA Classic by one shot over
Hull, a 28-year-old Australian, captured her second win after the 2008
Canadian Women's Open. She finished with a 19-under 269, making just one bogey
in 72 holes.
Lincicome, chasing her first win since the '09 Kraft Nabisco, made two late
birdies for a 65 and took second place alone on a crowded leaderboard at 18-
Cristie Kerr carried a three-shot lead into the final round, but closed with a
72 and dropped into a tie for third place at 17-under 271 with Na Yeon Choi
Hull made several keys birdies on the back nine, including a six-foot putt at
the 14th that tied her with Lincicome for the lead. But none of them was
bigger than the slippery 15-footer she made at the 17th.
The putt broke left-to-right into the hole, giving Hull a one-shot lead over
Lincicome and Kerr.
She sealed the win with a two-putt par at the 18th -- making a gutsy six-
footer to finish it off -- and walked away with the $195,000 first-place
Her 269 broke Lorena Ochoa's tournament record from last year.
"It's a little overwhelming, actually. It probably won't hit me until later,"
said Hull. "You just get so focused on executing and just finishing, that you
don't think about anything else. I'm definitely on a high right now, and
probably won't come down for a while."
Hull started her bogey-free round on the Capitol Hill's Senator Course with a
birdie at No. 1. She strung together eight consecutive pars after that and
wasn't really a factor until the back nine, where four birdies gave her an
She came from three shot back for the win.
"It's actually really validating," said Hull. "I feel like my game's the best
it's ever been, and I know it's going to get better, too. I think I've always
struggled to try to put four good rounds together, and I was able to do that
Lincicome had the clubhouse number to beat for a while after making birdies at
the 15th and 16th holes to break a five-way tie for the lead. But it didn't
hold up against Hull.
"You know, 65 on the final day, that's pretty cool," said Lincicome, who
Kerr, the world No. 3, was chasing her 15th win and third this year. She made
eight straight pars to start the round, then a bogey at No. 9 to shoot a 37.
Two birdies on the back nine weren't enough.
"Everything was kind of a little bit off. Couldn't get any momentum going,"
In the end, consistency is what put Hull over the top. Her only bogey of the
tournament came at the 17th hole on Thursday. She went the last 55 holes
without making another.
"Stress-free golf," she said.
NOTES: Kerr dropped to 11-7 in her career with the 54-hole lead...Next week is
the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, where Sophie Gustafson won last year.
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