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Golf - 07. November 2010.

Hyun-Ji Kim Retains Daishin Securities Tomato M Korea European Ladies Masters




JEJU, South Korea - Hyun-Ji Kim shot a final round of seven-under 65 on Sunday to retain the Daishin Securities Tomato M Korea European Ladies Masters, a co-sanctioned event between the Korean LPGA and Ladies European Tour.

Starting the round four shots off the lead, the 22-year-old from Incheon fired seven birdies in warm and benign conditions at Haevichi Country Club in Jeju, South Korea.

She set off with back-to-back birdies at the first and second holes before picking up three more shots at the fourth, eighth and ninth for a five-under-par outward total of 31.

She was one stroke behind the leader, Korean No.2 Soo-Jin Yang, before adding two more birdies at the 14th and 15th and setting the clubhouse lead with a three-round total of 208, eight-under-par.

The taekwondo black-belt joined the Ladies European Tour after her victory at the same tournament last year, which she won at the second hole of sudden-death at the nearby Cypress Country Club.

As she stood giggling by the 18th green, awaiting another possible play-off, she breathed a sigh of relief as Yang's birdie putt to tie slipped past the hole.

Yang, who held a share of the lead going into the final round with Melissa Reid, was forced to share second with the 2008 champion Hee-Kyung Seo. Ha-Neul Kim finished a shot back in fourth, with Hye-Jin Jung fifth and Korean amateur Julie Yang alone in sixth on four-under-par.

"I feel lucky because I thought it could go to a play-off and Soo-Jin Yang is the second ranked played on the Korean LPGA Tour in 2010," said Kim, through translation.

"I knew it would be very difficult to successfully defend a title but I'm very happy because I did it with my best ever score as a professional."

Her 65 was the best of the tournament, but South African Lee-Anne Pace showed why she is the 2010 European money leader by finishing with a final round of 66. She tied for seventh place at three-under-par with Yoon-Kyung Hur.

Pace registered six birdies, with five on the back nine, which she played first, including four in a row from the 14th. She said: "Today we made a birdie on two, a really good birdie. I hit a six-iron in to six feet, downhill, really fast inside left. After I got that putt I knew my putting is going to be good because that was a tricky putt and I made a good stroke on it. After that, I knew it was going to be a good day. Then I made another good putt on the next hole and I was just cruising. I made four birdies in a row and every time I made a birdie, you're just a little bit more ready to make another one.

"I was three over and so far out of it, three birdies and I'm right in there. Then I made four. I guess you just start chasing. I like to chase: its fun!"

Meanwhile England's Melissa Reid, who held a share of the lead after the first and second round, closed with a 75 to share ninth with Paraguayan Julieta Granada and four other players. England's Laura Davies closed with a round of 72 for a share of 45th.

The players move on to India next week for the Hero Honda Women's India Open, which will take place from November 11-13 at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurgaon, near New Delhi.

Daishin Securities Tomato M Korea European Ladies Masters

Haevichi Country Club, Jeju, South Korea

5-7 November 2010

Final Scores:

208 - Hyun-Ji Kim (KOR) 73 70 65

209 - Soo-Jin Yang (KOR) 72 67 70, Hee-Kyung Seo (KOR) 72 69 68

210 - Ha-Neul Kim (KOR) 70 74 66

211 - Hye-Jin Jung (KOR) 71 72 68

212 - Julie Yang (Am) (KOR) 71 71 70

213 - Lee-Anne Pace (SA) 73 74 66, Yoon-Kyung Hur (KOR) 70 72 71

214 - Hyo-Joo Kim (Am) (KOR) 72 72 70, You-Na Park (KOR) 72 72 70, II Hee Lee (KOR) 74 70 70, Mi-Rim Lee (KOR) 71 71 72, Julieta Granada (PAR) 70 72 72, Melissa Reid (ENG) 70 69 75

215 - Seul-A Yoon (KOR) 74 70 71, Dewi-Claire Schreefel (NL) 72 71 72, Bo-Kyung Kim (KOR) 73 69 73, Hyun Min Byun (KOR) 72 70 73, Seung-Hyun Lee (KOR) 72 70 73, Hae-Won Jeong (KOR) 71 71 73, Young-Ran Jo (KOR) 71 70 74

216 - Becky Morgan (WAL) 74 70 72, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 73 74 69, Soo-Young Moon (KOR) 70 71 75

217 - Aree Song (KOR) 70 73 74, Shi Hyun Ahn (KOR) 75 73 69, Louise Stahle (SWE) 74 75 68

218 - Ran Hong (KOR) 71 74 73, Hyeon-Ju Lee (KOR) 75 71 72, Aram Cho (KOR) 72 73 73, Kylie Walker (SCO) 78 71 69, Yun-Hee Cho (KOR) 73 76 69

219 - Hyun-Hwa Shim (KOR) 73 72 74, So-Yeon Ryu (KOR) 76 70 73, Hyun-Hee Moon (KOR) 74 72 73, Char Young2 Kim (KOR) 71 73 75, Min-young2 Lee (KOR) 75 72 72, Hye-Youn Kim (KOR) 74 74 71

220 - Carmen Alonso (ESP) 72 73 75, Hye-Jung Choi (KOR) 73 71 76, Ae-Ree Pyun (KOR) 71 73 76, Young-Ae Ham (KOR) 76 68 76, Yoon-Ji Cho (KOR) 73 74 73, Ji-Hae Jang (KOR) 74 74 72

221 - Jae-Eun Chung (KOR) 75 71 75, Jung-Min Lee (KOR) 70 76 75, Bo-Mi Suh (KOR) 73 73 75, Soo-Hwa Jang (KOR) 76 72 73, Sun-Hwa2 Lee (KOR) 75 73 73, Carly Booth (SCO) 72 76 73, Laura Davies (ENG) 78 71 72, Riikka Hakkarainen (FIN) 75 74 72

222 - Hui-Jeong Kim (KOR) 73 71 78, Frances Bondad (AUS) 75 72 75, Jennifer Song (USA) 74 73 75, An-Na Oh (KOR) 76 72 74, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 78 71 73

223 - So-Young 2 Kim (KOR) 70 73 80, Jin Joo Hong (KOR) 79 70 74

224 - Bo-Bae Kim (KOR) 74 73 77, Dana Kim (KOR) 73 75 76

225 - Cho Hui Kim (KOR) 76 72 77

227 - Morgana Robbertze (SA) 76 71 80, Karen Lunn (AUS) 75 74 78

 

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