Mirim Lee wins the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.
Mirim turned a 54 hole lead into victory, carding a final round -7 under 65 to win the Kia Classic with a -20 under par total, a six shot winning margin.
Mirim, from South Korea, spoke to reporters via a translator;
“It’s been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game.”
“But I try to focus and then gives me good result.”
“When I practiced this course I think tee shot was most important thing, so I focused on good tee shot so that makes this good result.”
So Yeon Ryu, -6 under 66 today, and Austin Ernst, -5 under 67, shared second place, at -14 under par.
So Yeon wants to improve;
“I think everything is right there, I just need to keep it patient and need to trust myself I’m good.”
“Even though I haven’t won any tournament I just cannot really blame anything.”
“I felt like everything is pretty great. Like, well, when your game is kind of like perfect you’re able to win. Mine cannot be called perfect yet, but I think it’s good enough.”
Austin knew winning was impossible;
“She was at twenty under. I knew at that point you’re basically playing for second place, unless she does something coming down the stretch.”
“My game was really solid. Today was really a solid round of golf. Hit a bunch of greens. Gave myself a lot of the good looks.”