Hur rolls to victory in Alabama|
Prattville, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mi Jung Hur fired a 6-under 66 in the
final round Sunday and she rolled to a 4-stroke victory at the Yokohama Tire
Hur finished at 21-under-par 267 in her second LPGA Tour victory. Her total of
267 beat the old record of 269, which Katherine Hull set in 2010.
"I worked really hard after struggling with my swing change, and I thought I
could win again someday," Hur said. "I've struggled for five years, but the
last two weeks, I had a good time. My confidence has come back."
Stacy Lewis, who won this event the last time it was played in 2012, also
closed with a 66 and she took second place at minus-17.
Paula Reto, who had at least a piece of the lead after rounds two and three,
stumbled to a 1-over 73 in the final round at the Senator Course at Capitol
Hill Golf Club, which is part of the RTJ Golf Trail. Reto took third place at
Kris Tamulis carded a 2-under 70 in the final round and she ended alone in
fourth at 13-under 275. Jodi Ewart Shadoff (65) and Moriya Jutanugarn (68)
shared fifth at minus-12.
Hur got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and second. She
stumbled to a bogey at the seventh, but erased that mistake with a birdie on
The 24-year-old made the turn with a 2-stroke lead. Lewis, who shared the
first-round lead with Hur, had four birdies in a 6-hole span on the front
nine. Lewis rolled in a 3-footer for birdie at the 10th to inch within one.
Reto also birdied the 10th to move within one of Hur.
However, Hur responded with a birdie on No. 11. Lewis answered with a short
birdie putt at the 13th, but that was her final birdie of the day.
"Unlike the last two days, I got off to a great start and really kept things
going. I gave myself a ton of chances there on the back nine, I just couldn't
quite get any putts to fall," said Lewis. "It was definitely a little
frustrating. I would have liked to get one or two more, but I don't think
anyone was catching (Hur) today."
Hur caught fire after a par at 12. She stuffed her tee shot within two feet at
the par-3 13th. After kicking that in for birdie, Hur's second at the 14th
stopped even closer to the hole.
She tapped in for birdie and a 3-stroke lead. Hur 2-putted for par from just
inside 20 feet at the 15th, then dropped her tee ball at the par-3 16th within
five feet. Hur rolled that in for birdie to reach 21-under.
With no one putting pressure on her, Hur calmly parred the final two holes to
earn her second victory.
"I had a great time with my father on the course. He did a great job," said
Hur of her father, who served as her caddie for the week. "There were a lot of
Korean fans this week and that really helped me too."
NOTES: Hur collected $195,000 for the win ... Hur's score of 21-under par was
the best 72-hole score of her career ... This was the final full field event
of the year for the LPGA Tour ... After a week off, the tour returns to action
in China with the Reignwood LPGA Classic, which Shanshan Feng won last year by
one over Lewis.
09/21 20:55:16 ET