In-Kyung Kim Wins Reignwood LPGA Classic
Scoring was excellent this week at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, China. The leader board was dominated by players from South Korea, with a relatively surprising winner emerging. In-Kyung Kim came from behind to shoot a stellar round of seven-under par to win the event by one over Mi Jung Hur and two shots over Mirim Lee. The win was the fourth career LPGA win for Kim and her first since claiming the Lorena Ochoa Invitation in November of 2010.
Kim started the day with two pars before running off three birdies over the next four hole. Following a four whole stretch in which Kim played at one-over par, she birdied twelve to move to 20-under par. She took control of the tournament with a birdie on 15, eagle on 16 and birdie on 18. In-Kyung Kim, at age 28, has seven career worldwide wins and her second of the season.
Mi Jung Hur, who shot 10-under par in round two, completed an excellent tournament with a final round 70 to finish one shot back. Mirim Lee was sold all week, posting four rounds under 70 and was two shots back at 22-under par. Shanshan Feng of China and Brooke Henderson of Canada were another shot back at 21-under par.
Ariya Jutanugarn, with five wins this season and who arguably has had the best season of anyone on the LPGA tour, shot a final round of 8-under par 65, finishing at 18-under par and sole possession of sixth place. Finishing at 17-under par included Mariajo Uribe and Simin Feng. Other notables include Amy Yang at 16-under par, Christina Kim at 14-under and Yani Tseng at 13-under.
The LPGA heads to Taipei, Taiwan for the Fuban LPGA Taiwan Championship which begins October 6. Lydia Ko is the defending champion. On October 13, the ladies tee it up at the LPGA Keb Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Lexi Thompson, who was not in the field this week, is the defending champion.