The Kia Classic and the captivating Aviara Golf Club in this shoreline town is the door to the ANA Inspiration, when players come here to discover shape that can go to the main LPGA major of the year.
Lydia Ko, for example, won the Kia Classic in 2016, took her A diversion to the forsake and won the ANA Inspiration.
On that note, Mirim Lee, a South Korean who has been hiding quite recently outside the best players from her country, 21st in the Rolex Rankings, created an impression with a calm triumph in the Kia Classic on Sunday, the third of her LPGA profession.
Lee, 26, started the last round with a one-stroke lead, made the turn up five strokes, and won by six over another South Korean So Yeon Ryu and American Austin Ernst. Lee tied a competition record with a 72-gap score of 20-under-standard 268.
It was an impeccable execution from Lee, who shot an intruder free 65 on Sunday that included seven birdies. She played her last 35 openings without an intruder and made just four in 72 gaps.
It was the end demonstration she was missing two years back, when she took a lead into the last round of the Kia Classic, shot 70 and lost to Cristie Kerr by two. “I think this was superior to two years prior,” Lee said. “I was somewhat apprehensive, yet I made it.”
The triumph was Lee’s third main 10 complete in four begins this year, a huge certainty help heading into a noteworthy title, as are two main four completes in majors a year ago, however she didn’t really agree.
“I think I didn’t hit it great on the back nine,” she stated, taking note of that following a day away from work she will get ready just as it were whatever other competition.
The ANA Inspiration has no obvious top choice, if shape is the guide. Ko, No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, comes into the occasion having missed the Kia Classic cut, only the second MC of her LPGA vocation. Ariya Jutanugarn, positioned second on the planet and the ruling LPGA player of the year, tied for 21st at Aviara, however in three of four past begins she has completed no more awful than third.
Among those other than Lee who fabricated energy at the Kia are her kindred South Koreans Ryu and In Gee Chun. Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Ladies’ Open champion, is all alone roll, having completed second, seventh, fifth and second in her last four begins. In addition, she completed second in the ANA Inspiration in 2013.
Chun, however, might represent a more noteworthy danger. At 22 and right now the victor of two majors, she completed the Kia in tenth place, in spite of a twofold intruder 6 on the eighteenth gap. Seven days prior, she tied for second in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She is positioned third on the planet and won the Vare Trophy for most reduced scoring normal in her new kid on the block season in 2016.