Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Kerr credits lucky turtle for LPGA Lotte triumph

Kerr credits lucky turtle for LPGA Lotte triumph

The 39-year-old Kerr set the tournament record at 20-under 268, a day after shooting 62 at Ko Olina to match the event mark. She earned $300,000 to top $18 million in her career.

Kerr hadn't won in 30 starts since the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in 2015.

"I was just kind of being myself", Kerr, who had eight putts on her last eight holes, told reporters.

Back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th gave hope of a late flourish but that is where the positive scoring ended and she faces a big day on Friday to get back in contention.

South Korea's Jang reached a total of 17-under 199 and is aiming to become the first sponsor's invite to win on the US LPGA Tour since New Zealand's Lydia Ko captured the Canadian Women's Open four years ago.

Ko has shot a superb eight-under 64 to finish second. On the final day, Jang was the only player in the top 22 who didn't shoot under par.

Third-ranked Ariya Jutanigarn (69) and Stacy Lewis (6) were 14 under.

Aditi Ashok made her third successive cut on the LPGA with a second straight one-under 71 that placed her tied-40th after two rounds of the LOTTE Championship here. Wie shot her best round of the tournament on Saturday posting a final round 68.

"I played solid. I putted really well", she said. "With the wins not being as high and strong compared to the other days I knew that the birdies were out there". "It was an unbelievable run". Through six events on the LPGA Tour this year, her worst finish has been a tie for seventh. "Considering where I was after the first day (73), I'm pleased with where I finished".

Ko was tied for 7th heading into the final round and posted the round of the day with an eight under par 64 to finish three shots behind the victor American Christie Kerr.

She was brilliant, and has been in almost every round she's played at Ko Olina the last two years.

"I've always thought about it", she said of the Hall of Fame. "I think that experience will help me play in the rest of the round tomorrow".

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