In-Kyung Kim's 64 good for Lorena Ochoa title
Guadalajara, Mexico (Sports Network) - In-Kyung Kim fired an eight-under 64 on
Sunday to come from behind and win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at
Guadalajara Country Club.
Kim finished the tournament at 19-under 269 and won the title by three strokes
over third-round leader Suzann Pettersen, who posted a four-under 68 on
The victory was Kim's third on the LPGA Tour. She captured the 2008 Longs
Drugs Challenge and last year's State Farm LPGA Classic.
Karine Icher also shot a four-under 68 and finished third at minus-15.
Former world No. 1 Cristie Kerr (66) and reigning U.S. Women's Open champion
Paula Creamer (68) shared fourth place at 14-under 274, which was one stroke
better than another former world No. 1, Ai Miyazato, who shot a 70 on Sunday.
Ochoa came out of retirement for her tournament and struggled to a two-over 74
in the final round. She tied for 25th place at even-par.
Kim began the final round one behind Pettersen, but quickly tied for the lead
with a 30-foot birdie putt at the first. Pettersen got one ahead after birdies
at one and three, although Kim answered with a birdie at the par-five third.
Pettersen dumped her approach into the water at four en route to a double-
bogey. Kim was alone in the lead at 13-under par, but a fantastic run before
the turn gave her a comfortable cushion.
Kim drained another long birdie putt -- this time from 25 feet -- at the par-
three sixth. She rattled off three more birdies in a row to reach 17-under par
and move ahead of several players, including Pettersen.
The third-round leader trimmed the gap with a birdie at the 10th. Kim answered
with yet another long birdie putt from 28 feet at No. 11. Kim was four shots
ahead, but Pettersen had a run in her.
At the 13th, Pettersen sank a seven-foot birdie putt. She made it back-to-back
birdies after a breaking 12-footer found the bottom of the cup at 14th. Kim's
lead was only two with four holes to play.
Kim gave herself some breathing room thanks to an eight-foot birdie putt at
the 15th. She was three in front, but a bogey at the 17th gave Pettersen hope
heading to the par-five last.
A two-shot swing was the only thing that could prevent Kim from a trip to the
winner's circle. She didn't allow that to happen; Kim made birdie, Pettersen
took a par and Kim walked off with a three-shot win.
"I played such a great round and winning this event means a lot to me because
Lorena was such a big idol to me," said Kim in a televised interview.
Former champion Angela Stanford established a new course record Sunday with a
nine-under 63. She moved into a tie for seventh place with money leader Na
Yeon Choi (67) and Stacy Lewis (71). The trio finished at 12-under 276.
NOTES: Kim crushed the previous tournament record of 275 set by both Stanford
and Michelle Wie the previous two years...Wie withdrew due to a back
injury...Kim pocketed $220,000 for the victory and indicated afterwards that
she will donate it all to charity...The LPGA Tour is off for two weeks before
the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship begins Dec. 2...Anna Nordqvist won
the tournament last year.