LPGA Tour
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 ready."

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 par-4 eighth.

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 last.

"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