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Kirkland wins by 2 in China

Sanya, China (Sports Network) - Cassandra Kirkland closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Sanya Ladies Open by two strokes.

Kirkland, who won for the first time on the Ladies European Tour, finished at 6-under-par 210.

The 28-year-old from Paris had two birdies on the front nine. Around the turn, she dropped shots at 10 and 15, but atoned for those mistakes with a hole-out eagle on the par-4 14th at Yalong Bay Golf Club.

Kirkland parred the final three to hang on for the win.

Jade Schaeffer (69) and Holly Aitchison (71) shared second place at minus-4.

Numa Gulyanamitta, the second-round leader, tripped to a 2-over 74 to finish in a 9-way tie for fourth at 3-under-par 213.

11/04 04:46:15 ET

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