LPGA Kia Classic
2017 Kia Classic Final Round Highlights
CARLSBAD, CA – Two years after finishing runner-up at the Kia Classic, this time Mirim Lee is going home a winner.
Lee took a one-stroke lead into the final round, sleeping on the 54-hole lead at the Kia Classic for the second time in her career. Sunday, Lee put her foot on the accelerator and didn’t look back - she made birdie on the first and then every other hole on her outward nine to extend her lead. The world No. 21 carded a final round seven-under par, 65 to win by six-strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Austin Ernst. Lee’s winning total of 20-under par matched the Tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in 2015, when Lee finished runner-up.
“It's been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game. But I try to focus and then gives me good result,” Lee told the media through a translator. “When I practiced this course I think tee shot was most important thing, so I focused on good tee shot so that makes this good result.”
In a strange case of history repeating itself, Lee slept on the 54-hole lead this week just as she had done in 2015. That year, Kerr trailed Lee by three-strokes, just as she did again on Sunday. In 2015, Kerr went on to post a final round 65 to win by two-strokes ahead of Lee who managed a final round 70. This week, it was Lee who posted a 65 to win and Kerr who shot 70 to finish T-4 for the week.