South Korea's In-Kyung Kim wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

Anna Nordqvist

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She will tee off as No. 1 at this week's Manulife LPGA Classic at the Whistle Bear Golf Club.

Playing in only her sixth event of 2017, the 28-year-old closed with a 2-under 69 to hold off Anna Nordqvist, who was seeking her third consecutive title at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

"Kim started the final round tied at the top with Paula Creamer at nine-under".

"I just love coming here", Kim said. "Was really tricky and challenge out there, but I gave my best".

Kim, who became the 13th different victor in the LPGA's 13 tournaments this year, missed the first four tournaments of the year while recovering from a bruised tailbone suffered from a fall down stairs.

"That took a long time". "But actually helped me to work on my upper body - more stronger - while I couldn't work on my low body". "I'm really happy to get back".

"Just having the honor to back-to-back defend is quite wonderful", said Nordqvist. 16 and 17, but just got a little mucky. "I am just trying to take it day-by-day".

"These last two days have been good golf". The way I'm controlling the ball I'm really happy with. I'm just comfortable doing that. Creamer then committed another bogey at the 11th to fall further out of contention, but Nordquivst birdied both the 10th and 11th holes to reach 10-under, one behind Kim. "I just asked him how much to carry after that". At the same time, I was very fortunate as well. I'm glad it paid off today.

"It felt good today to go out there and crush all of it and keep building momentum", Wie said.

"You can't shoot over par on Sunday, that's for sure", Creamer said. They remained on the clock for four holes. Wie said she would be taking next week off as she tries to regain some health and get back to 100 percent during the summer stretch run. I know we're getting behind.

But she admitted that a bogey at 15 "kind of killed us".

After making a birdie on the par-4 13th, Kim bogeyed the par-4 14th.

"Overall, I feel like I played a little bit better than I scored", Nordqvist said.

Kim also parred the rest of her way after the bogey at the 14th to close out a two-shot win.

Nordqvist who has won this event in each of the past two years and recorded several other top finishes, opened with a round of 64 to lead by one over Moriya Jutanugarn, Jennifer Song, Jeong Eun Lee and Jenny Shin.

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