Kim retains title as Reid stumbles

Hyun-Ji Kim won her second LET event on Sunday when she shot a closing 65 to retain the European Ladies Masters.

Hyun-Ji Kim won her second Ladies European Tour event on Sunday when she shot a final round of 65 to retain the Daishin Securities Tomato M Korea European Ladies Masters.

Starting the day four shots off the lead, the 22-year-old from Incheon carded seven birdies on a calm and sunny final day at Haevichi Country Club in Jeju, South Korea.

She set off with back-to-back birdies at the first and second holes before picking up three more shots at the fourth, eighth and ninth for a five-under-par outward total of 31.

This put her one stroke behind the leader, Korean No.2 Soo-Jin Yang, but she then adding two more birdies at the 14th and 15th to take the clubhouse lead with an eight-under-par, 208.

The taekwondo black-belt joined the Ladies European Tour after her victory at the same tournament last year, which she won at the second extra hole of sudden-death play-off at nearby Cypress Country Club.

South African Lee-Anne Pace wasn’t able to make it a ha trick after Tour back-to-back wins on the two previous weekends, but she did show why she is the current European money leader by finishing with a final round of 66 for seventh place at three-under-par for the tournament.

England’s Melissa Reid, who held a share of the lead after the first and second rounds, went the other way, falling back into a tie for ninth with Paraguayan Julieta Granada and four others with a final round of 75.