Cristie Kerr wins LPGA Lotte in Hawaii for 19th tour title

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie

Su-Yeon Jang, of South Korea, watches her shot from the first tee during the third round of the Lotte Championship LPGA golf tournament Friday, April 14, 2017, in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Going into Saturday's final round, Kerr was three behind Jang, who was playing in the event under a sponsor's exemption. She wasn't as sharp in the final round but collected six birdies and no bogeys. "That (first) day and a half that I had struggled a little with my swing feel it was an unbelievable run".

Alone in fourth place is In Gee Chun of South Korea, who shot a 7-under 65 on Friday and is 12-under for the tournament.

"Those are really bonuses and I was able to combine the whole game well today and I think that was the huge difference between the last couple of days". They always have been. "So, this is an event I really look forward to and I'm excited to go out there and hopefully have a lot of fun this week." said, Wie. "It's just that once I know it's in, I walk after it".

Lee shot a bogey-free 64 in the final round a year ago to finish at 16 under and secure the second win of her career and the first of her two victories in 2016.

There were 15 players left on the golf course when play was suspended. She said that she had an ineveritant run-in with some wildlife Friday that may have given her some good luck.

Ko has shot a superb eight-under 64 to sit in second place near the conclusion of the tournament.

She was brilliant, and has been in almost every round she's played at Ko Olina the last two years. Michelle Wie, the 2014 Lotte champion, made the cut on the number. Alena Sharp, a 35-year-old Canadian trying to win her first title on the LPGA Tour, finished another stroke back in fifth after she bogeyed the final hole for a 70.

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

Canada's Alena Sharp (66) and Cristie Kerr (62) of the United States are tied for second at 14-under 202 in the tournament which has featured weather delays in each of the first three rounds.

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