In-Kyung Kim wins Ochoa

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Guadalajara, Mexico – In-Kyung Kim fired an eight-under 64 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club.

Kim finished the tournament at 19-under 269 and won the title by three strokes over third-round leader Suzann Pettersen, who posted a four-under 68 on Sunday.

The victory was Kim's third on the LPGA Tour. She captured the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge and last year's State Farm LPGA Classic.

Karine Icher also shot a four-under 68 and finished third at minus-15.

Former world No. 1 Cristie Kerr (66) and reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Paula Creamer (68) shared fourth place at 14-under 274, which was one stroke better than another former world No. 1, Ai Miyazato, who shot a 70 on Sunday.

Ochoa came out of retirement for her tournament and struggled to a two-over 74 in the final round. She tied for 25th place at even-par.

Kim began the final round one behind Pettersen, but quickly tied for the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt at the first. Pettersen got one ahead after birdies at one and three, although Kim answered with a birdie at the par-five third.

Pettersen dumped her approach into the water at four en route to a double- bogey. Kim was alone in the lead at 13-under par, but a fantastic run before the turn gave her a comfortable cushion.

Kim drained another long birdie putt -- this time from 25 feet -- at the par- three sixth. She rattled off three more birdies in a row to reach 17-under par and move ahead of several players, including Pettersen.

The third-round leader trimmed the gap with a birdie at the 10th. Kim answered with yet another long birdie putt from 28 feet at No. 11. Kim was four shots ahead, but Pettersen had a run in her.

At the 13th, Pettersen sank a seven-foot birdie putt. She made it back-to-back birdies after a breaking 12-footer found the bottom of the cup at 14th. Kim's lead was only two with four holes to play.

Kim gave herself some breathing room thanks to an eight-foot birdie putt at the 15th. She was three in front, but a bogey at the 17th gave Pettersen hope heading to the par-five last.

A two-shot swing was the only thing that could prevent Kim from a trip to the winner's circle. She didn't allow that to happen; Kim made birdie, Pettersen took a par and Kim walked off with a three-shot win.

"I played such a great round and winning this event means a lot to me because Lorena was such a big idol to me," said Kim in a televised interview.

Former champion Angela Stanford established a new course record Sunday with a nine-under 63. She moved into a tie for seventh place with money leader Na Yeon Choi (67) and Stacy Lewis (71). The trio finished at 12-under 276.

NOTES: Kim crushed the previous tournament record of 275 set by both Stanford and Michelle Wie the previous two years...Wie withdrew due to a back injury...Kim pocketed $220,000 for the victory and indicated afterwards that she will donate it all to charity...The LPGA Tour is off for two weeks before the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship begins Dec. 2...Anna Nordqvist won the tournament last year.


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