CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Hee Kyung Seo ran away with the inaugural Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in the final round in Carlsbad.
Seo is not a member of the LPGA Tour, but received one of the three sponsor's exemptions to get into the tournament. The 23-year-old Seo can choose to become an LPGA Tour member.
After opening with a 70 at La Costa, Seo took the lead with a second-round 67 and had a 69 on Saturday en route to a 12-under 276 total.
South Koreans swept the top four spots, with Inbee Park (65) finishing second, and Jiyai Shin (jee-yeye shin) (70) and Jee Young Lee (70) tying for third at 5 under.