Mirim Lee victorious at Kia Classic

South Korea’s Mirim Lee shot a final round 65 on Sunday to claim the Kia Classic by a huge six-shot margin and tie the tournament record low score of 20 under par.

The win was Lee’s third career LPGA title to add to the Meijer LPGA Classic and Reignwood LPGA Classic she won in 2014.

Lee, 26, becomes the fourth South Korean to win on the tour this year.

The win was all the more sweeter for Lee as she was in exactly the same position two years ago before losing out to Cristie Kerr.

“I was a little nervous but I made (it),” said Lee after posting a bogey-free round of 65.

Lee was the only player in the field to shoot four sub-70 rounds (68, 68, 67, and 65) and the in-form South Korean has three top-10 finishes in four starts this season.

Another Korean, So Yeon Ryu, and Austin Ernst of the US tied for second at 14-under par.

Five players including 2015 winner Kerr and Mi Jung Hur tied for fourth position two shots further back.

China’s ShanShan Feng shot a final round 65 to climb up to ninth position at 11 under.

On Friday, world No. 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko missed the cut for only the second time in her 91 career starts as a pro on the LPGA.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn can overtake Ko at the top of the rankings with a win at next week’s ANA Inspiration. Jutanugarn has been ranked second for the last 34 weeks.

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