European Masters: Korean In-Kyung Kim wins at The Buckinghamshire
Last Updated: 06/07/14 9:01pm
Korean In-Kyung Kim carded a closing four-under-par 68 en route to securing a comfortable five-stroke victory in the ISPS Handa European Masters at The Buckinghamshire.
The 26-year-old, who now resides in California, had teed-off on Sunday with a four-shot advantage and all but made certain of the title by reaching the turn in 32 strokes.
She posted birdies at holes one and two before adding others at the sixth and eighth.
Kim made pars on each of her final 10 holes to cross the line five shots clear of Australian Nikki Campbell whose 67 included a brace of eagle-threes.
The consistent Kim did not card a single bogey during her final 41 holes and she said: “I am really honoured to win. I feel like I have been hitting the ball really well and putting well so I just had to go out there and enjoy myself.
"I was really comfortable with my game and it's the first time I have trusted my game this much.
“It was hard not to think about winning on the back nine but I think I did well."
Briton Stephanie Meadow posted a best-of-day 63 to move from 25th overnight into a tie-for-third.
Meadow had also finished strongly on Saturday which meant she covered her final 26 holes in a remarkable 13-under-par.
But it was a disappointing final round for Aussie amateur Minjee Lee who had begun the day second on the leaderboard, only to finish outside the top-10 with a one-over-par 73 that featured a double-bogey seven at the second and a two-over-par five at 18.
Final scores for Top 10 & ties:
270 – IK Kim (Kor) 68
275 – Nikki Campbell (Aus) 67
277 – Stephanie Meadow (Nir) 63
277 – Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 68
277 – Caroline Masson (Ger) 69
278 – Amelia Lewis (USA) 71
278 – Stacy Lee Bregman (Rsa) 69
278 – Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha) 67
278 – Sarah Kemp (Aus) 71
278 – Vikki Laing (Sco) 68