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Hyo-Joo Kim wins wild Evian Championship



Evian-les-Bains, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Heading to the final hole trailing Karrie Webb by one shot, Hyo-Joo Kim made birdie to win the Evian Championship as Webb tripped to a bogey on the par-4 18th.

"I was flying like a birdie," Kim said about her emotions after making her birdie on the 18th to win.

Kim, who held the first- and third-round leads, finished her week off with a 3-under 68 on Sunday at Evian Resort Golf Club. She ended with an 11-under-par 273.

The win is Kim's first on the LPGA Tour, meaning it is also her first major championship. Having played in just three events this year, Kim has finished in the top 10 all three times with this victory.

Webb, who was seeking her seventh major title and her first Evian Championship win, also carded a 3-under 68 on Sunday and she finished one shot back at 10- under 274. Webb has won every major championship on tour except for this one.

Ha Na Jang (66) and Mi Jung Hur (68) tied for third at 9-under 275, while Na Yeon Choi finished alone in fifth at minus-8.

Two-time major champion and last year's winner Suzann Pettersen ended alone in sixth at 7-under 277.

Second-round leader Brittany Lincicome rebounded from her 77 on Saturday with a 71 on Sunday and she finished tied for eighth at 4-under with Lydia Ko (71).

Beginning the day with a 1-shot lead, Kim jumped up by two strokes with a birdie on the second hole to get to 9-under with Webb three back. Webb started off on the right foot with a birdie, but she made a mess of the second en route to a double-bogey to fall three behind the leader.

After Kim's birdie on No. 2, she rattled off six straight pars before getting to 2-under for the day with a birdie on No. 9, putting Webb three shots back at the time.

Webb started to make her move with three straight birdies from No. 9, to pull within one. Kim responded nicely with a streak of her own by making back-to- back birdies at 11 and 12 to move back to three clear.

A Webb birdie on the par-3 14th paired with a Kim bogey on the same hole had Webb within one, and she quickly pulled even with another gain on 15. Kim lost the lead for the first time on the day when she bogeyed the 16th, dropping her back to minus-10.

It remained that way until the final hole, where Webb tripped to a crucial bogey. Then Kim came through by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to claim the title.

"I swung it really well today under pressure," Webb said. "I hit a lot of shots that, you know, you stand behind the ball and you picture, and I did that. I hit every green from the second hole until there. Obviously disappointing, but I gave myself a chance."

Despite finishing runner-up, Webb was still happy with the way she executed her shots on Sunday.

"I hit shots today that I don't think I've ever been able to hit, so I'm really excited about that," Webb said. "Obviously wasn't meant to be. I believe in fate a little bit, and I wasn't meant to win."

Jang started and finished her day with bogeys, but she cruised in the middle. After four birdies on the front nine, Jang poured in three straight gains from No. 13 to get to minus-10, two shots back of Kim. With Kim's bogey on 14, Jang was within one, but a bogey at the last put her two shots back in the end.

Hur made one birdie on the front nine at No. 4 and she later poured in an eagle on the par-5 13th. A birdie on No. 15 had her in contention, but a bogey on 17 doomed Hur in the end as she finished tied with Jang.

Choi started out hot with four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the first. After a bogey on six, Choi got to within one with a gain at the ninth. Two more birdies on 12 and 14 still had Choi one back with Webb and Jang.

A tough finish with bogeys on 16 and 18 left Choi three shots back of Kim at the end of the championship.

NOTES: With the win, the 19-year-old Kim earned $487,500 ... Mika Miyazato (72) made a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole ... Kim also finished fourth at the LPGA LOTTE Championship and tied for seventh at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic this season ... With the season's final major in the books, the LPGA Tour heads to Alabama next week for the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

09/14 15:08:08 ET


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