Lee Mi-rim Claims 3rd LPGA Tour Title After 2-Year Drought

  • By Min Hak-soo

    March 28, 2017 10:22

    Korean Golfer Lee Mi-rim claimed her third career LPGA Tour title on Sunday, carding a 20-under 268 to win the Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. She received prize money of US$270,000 (US$1=W1,113).

    In the fourth and final round, Lee struck seven birdies to widen her lead over the runner-up to six strokes.

    Lee Mi-rim (left) is showered with water after winning the Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap

    This was Lee's first title in two-and-a-half years. Her first two tour wins came inside two months: the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic and the 2014 Reignwood LPGA Classic, held in August and October of that year. Since that initial burst of success, however, further victories had eluded her.

    "I'm a bit disappointed that my shots went shaky towards the end," Lee said. "I'll have to work on that prior to the major tournament coming up this week."

    Lee is known as a hard-working golfer who constantly strives to perfect her game. Asked what she liked most about the LPGA Tour, Lee, who made her Tour debut in 2014, cited the good training environment.

    "At the moment my main goal is to win a major title. I'd like to play consistently on the LPGA Tour until I'm 40," Lee said.

    Lee's compatriot Ryu So-yeon finished on 14-under, tied for second with Austin Ernst of the U.S. Koreans Park Sung-hyun and Hur Mi-jung were among a group tied for fourth with 12-under.

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