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Kim holds off Nordqvist for ShopRite win

Kim holds off Nordqvist for ShopRite win

When play began Sunday, a half-dozen players had a legitimate chance to win.

"Since I dreamed about the LPGA Tour, I also dreamed about becoming the number one player in the world", Ryu told reporters at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on the eve of the tournament on Thursday. It was the fifth LPGA victory for Kim, who turns 29 on June 13.

Michelle Wie climbed up the field to finish in a tie for third place at seven under after shooting a six-birdie 65.

NOTES: In-Kyung Kim became the LPGA's 13th different victor this year through the tour's first 13 events.

Kim, who played with Creamer and Juntanugarn in the final group, completed a steady final round over a golf course that played to 6,217 yards.

She's making only her sixth start of the season after an injury when she fell down stairs. She birdied the 10th to open a two-shot lead. She was two-under-par after a 69. "We were on the clock on the tricky holes". At the same time, I was very fortunate as well. The (yardage) I had was 150, and I hit 170 club. My caddie helped a lot.

"I've had some pretty bad sad moments", Creamer said.




Nordqvist, who was trying to become the first player to win this event three years in succession, started two shots off the pace and played her first nine in 1 under. Back-to-back birdies at Nos.

Jason Dufner never lost sight of the big picture even after losing a big lead. She had two birdies and three other bogeys.

"Fifteen kind of killed us", Nordqvist said.

"It felt good today to go out there and crush all of it and keep building momentum", Wie said. "There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it's just been fun". "Sometimes I was really unlucky because of one yard".

With Ryu's streak ended, Stacy Lewis becomes the tour's active leader in consecutive cuts made, with 49, including this event. Back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12 and a third at the 14th took her out of contention.

The 26-year-old Ryu thrust herself into the race for number one with a victory in the year's first major, the ANA Inspiration - where her playoff victory came after American Lexi Thompson was controversially penalized in the middle of the final round for an infraction on the previous day.

Creamer said being on the clock was distracting. "The fescue is a little hard this year, and with the wind, you're really going to have to hit solid golf shots".

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