Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Cristie Kerr wins LPGA Lotte in Hawaii

Cristie Kerr wins LPGA Lotte in Hawaii

Cristie Kerr hits from the first tee during the final round of the Lotte Championship LPGA golf tournament Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Kapolei, Hawaii.

The 39-year-old Kerr broke the tournament record at 20-under 268, a day after shooting 62 at Ko Olina to match the event mark.

Kerr ended a 30-event victory drought, since the 2015 season finale.

South Korea's Jang Su-Yeon notched a birdie and a par early on Friday (April 14) to cap a second-round 67 and seize the halfway lead in the weather-delayed LPGA Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii.

Kim, a 28-year-old from Seoul who already has a pair of top-five finishes here, had five consecutive birdies during one stretch for the lowest round of the day.

Stacy Lewis (68), first-round co-leader Lee Mi-Hyang (70), Alena Sharp (69) and Becky Morgan, who also has two holes remaining, share fourth place at eight under.

Among the contestants are defending champion Minjee Lee of Australia, previous titlists Ai Miyazato of Japan (2012) and Michelle Wie (2014), and 80 of the top 100 golfers in the world.

"I knew I needed to play unbelievable and the other girls would need to lose shots", Ko said. "You know, on Friday morning I wasn't playing too well and then I just found something and was able to turn it on and I just kept it going". The birdie at 14 moved her into the lead. With how the girls are playing, it's just really hard to mend the gap. "Considering where I was after the first day, I'm pleased with where I finished".

This marked Lydia Ko's final event with caddie Gary Matthews, as the 19-year-old has chose to move on from the looper.

Lydia Ko has finished strongly at the Lotte Championship on the LPGA Tour, to claim her best result in 10 months. I love traveling to all the different places we play and the incredible courses we play.

"Experience is huge", Kerr said.

Ko said she is unfazed by talk around her ranking - she acknowledges the talent on course but just wants to continue to improve her own game.

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