Salas picks up first win at Kingsmill Championship|
Williamsburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lizette Salas posted an even-par 71 on
Sunday and it was more than enough for her to win the Kingsmill Championship
by four strokes.
Salas, who won for the first time on the LPGA Tour, ended at 13-under-par 271.
"I was patient, I was happy and I was ready, most importantly," Salas said. "I
took a different approach this week of not thinking so much and trying to be
perfect. I made a putter switch last week when I was home, and I just felt so
Sarah Jane Smith matched the low round of the day with a 5-under 66 and was
joined in second place at minus-9 by Kraft Nabisco winner Lexi Thompson (69)
and former world No. 1 Yani Tseng (69).
So Yeon Ryu (69) and Lydia Ko (71) shared fifth place at 8-under 276. Thidapa
Suwannapura shot 2-under 69 to grab seventh place at 7-under 277 at Kingsmill
Resort & Spa.
Last year's winner Cristie Kerr stumbled to a 72 for the second round in a row
and shared 29th place at 2-under 282.
Salas parred the first two holes before making birdie on the par-5 third. That
moved her four clear of Hee Young Park.
After a par on the fourth, Salas pushed her advantage to six with a birdie at
the fifth. She parred the next two holes before stumbling to a bogey on the
Salas ran off eight consecutive pars from the ninth to remain at 14-under.
Tseng rallied within thanks to three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 12th
but 4-putted for double-bogey on the 18th.
After her eight pars in a row, Salas tripped to a bogey on the 17th, but was
still four clear of the field. Salas found the fairway off the 18th tee, then
hit the green with her approach and calmly 2-putted for par and the win.
"I looked at the scoreboards probably every chance I got. I knew after 11, I
had a 3-shot lead and Yani was coming in really strong," Salas stated. "Once I
got to 17, we had a nice little cushion so I enjoyed the walk up 18."
Tseng was 4-under through 15 to close within three, but made a mess of the
"I'm just very disappointed on the last hole. I didn't pick the right club for
the second shot. Could be much better, closer to the hole," said Tseng, who
posted her best LPGA Tour finish since she took second last year at the
Australian Women's Open. "Finish that hole with four putts was really bad. It
just screwed up my whole day."
Smith had five birdies in a bogey-free round, while Thompson had three birdies
and a bogey.
NOTES: Salas earned $195,000 for the win ... Salas' best previous finish was a
playoff loss to Suzann Pettersen last year at the LOTTE Championship ... Smith
earned her best career finish on the LPGA Tour ... The tour heads to Alabama
next week for the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, where Jennifer Johnson was a 1-shot
winner last year.
05/18 21:12:38 ET