Grace Kim has completed her first full suite of major appearances by claiming top honours at the AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath Golf Club in England.
American Lilia Vu produced a Sunday masterclass to land her second major championship of the year, compiling a near-faultless five-under 67 to finish on an imperious 14-under-par, six shots clear of local favourite Charley Hull.
The charge for the trophy became a two-horse race across the final round but home favourite Hull was unable to locate the momentum which saw her rocket to a share of the lead on Saturday, a chip-in from the bunker for an eagle on 11 the highlight of her one-over-par 73.
The Aussie pair of Minjee Lee and Grace Kim started the final round nine and 10 shots from the lead respectively and were unable to mount any kind of Sunday charge.
Even par through 10 holes on Sunday, Kim made bogey at the par-5 11th but got that shot back with a birdie at the par-4 14th.
Back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 saw her fall further down the leaderboard, a birdie at the 72nd hole a nice way to close out a tie for 36th finish.
Lee’s hopes of a miraculous move up the leaderboard ended with a double-bogey on the opening hole, two more bogeys in her first four holes seeking her make the turn in 4-over 39.
Birdies at 12 and 16 book-ended a trio of three consecutive bogeys as she dropped 22 places into a tie for 50th with a 5-over 77 and 5-over total.
AIG Women’s Open
Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, UK
1 Lilia Vu 72-68-67-67–274 $US1.35m
T36 Grace Kim 71-72-74-73–290 $49,487
T50 Minjee Lee 72-69-75-77–293 $26,497
MC Steph Kyriacou 73-74–147
MC Sarah Kemp 71-77–148
MC Lydia Ko (NZ) 74-74–148
MC Kelsey Bennett 73-76–149
MC Hannah Green 73-76–149
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