Canada's Sharp tied for second at Lotte Championship

Delia Watkins
April 17, 2017

Cristie Kerr performed hula after winning the LPGA 2017 Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club today.

Kerr, whose previous win on the U.S. women's golf tour came at the CME Group Tour Championship in 2015, carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66 to finish on a combined 20-under 268 for the tournament.

The win is Kerr's 19th on the LPGA, and it's her first since taking the 2015 season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Nontaya, ranked No.159 in the world, shot a 67 on the second day and was only two shots off the pace, sharing eighth spot with four other players.

"I can't remember in 2 1/2 days that I had made so many birdies in my life", she said. "It was an unbelievable run".

The 39-year-old credited an encounter with a lucky turtle for turning things around.

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"People think that I do it intentionally", she said. "You know, on Friday morning I wasn't playing too well and then I just found something and was able to turn it on and I just kept it going".

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Overnight leader Jang could have used some of that luck.

With one round remaining Saturday, Jang is looking to become the first sponsor invite since Lydia Ko at the 2013 CP Canadian Women's Open to capture an LPGA Tour title.

Kim, a 28-year-old from Seoul who already has a pair of top-five finishes here, had five consecutive birdies during one stretch for the lowest round of the day.

South Korea's Su-Yeon Jang will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the weather-hit Lotte Championship.

"This week we really just tried to be aggressive from the get-go", said Salas, who broke 70 just twice in her first seven tournaments this year. A 57th-place finish on the Symetra Tour earned her partial status on the LPGA in 2017. She bogeyed the 10th just before play was suspended, but got it back with her sixth birdie of the day, at the 13th.

Stacy Lewis also shot 68 and Hawaii's Michelle Wie, the 2014 Lotte champion, had a 71. "Considering where I was after the first day (73), I'm pleased with where I finished". She managed to battle back after a double-bogey on the par-3 8th. I was just playing my game.

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