South Korea's Kim claims 5th LPGA title

In-Kyung Kim holds off Anna Nordqvist to win Shop Rite LPGA Classic			Hunter Martin  Getty Images

"It could be a little bit of a distraction, but I kind of welcome everything because people want me to do well", said Kim, from South Korea.

Reaching the top of the rankings, which evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period, was reward for Ariya's consistency and an outstanding 2016, when she was named LPGA Player of the Year. The four members of the LPGA Hall of Fame who are in the field this week all advanced to Sunday play: Karrie Webb (68-138), Inbee Park (70-138), Laura Davies (71-140) and Juli Inkster (73-144).

Kim becomes the seventh different South Korean victor on the tour this year in 13 starts.

The last time Ryu did not complete a tournament was the 2014 Evian Masters, where she was disqualified after the first round.

She closed out her round with back-to-back birdies and said she's feeling "even stronger" after a winter spent rehabbing injuries suffered in a freak fall down some stairs.

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", Mickelson told the Times.

"Just having the honour to back-to-back defend is quite incredible", the 29-year-old Swede said. I was hoping I would play better, but I couldn't. I really didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than previous year.

Kim fired a two-under 69 in the final round for a three-round total of 11-under 202 in her first victory of 2017.

Kim, 28, is perhaps best known for missing a putt from barely one foot that would have won her a major in 2012 at the tournament now named the ANA Inspiration.

Wie made five birdies on her first nine holes and admitted this finish gave her some great momentum moving forward, especially as she tries to make the Solheim Cup team. 16 and 17, but just got a little mucky.

Ko, who has held top spot for 84 weeks, is not playing in the event and was certain to relinquish her crown to either Ariya, another absentee in New Jersey, or Ryu, who had to finish at least third to displace the New Zealander.

"I just couldn't get the speed down early with my putter... definitely a lot slower today than yesterday and I just couldn't figure it out".

"I feel good. I feel prepared". "I hit a lot of good-quality shots..."

"It felt good today to go out there and crush all of it and keep building momentum", Wie said. She started on No. 10 and birdied the first three holes, then birdied four of the last six holes of the day.


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