In-Kyung Kim wins Lorena Ochoa Invitational

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on
Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64
for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Kim had a tournament-record 19-under total on the Guadalajara
Country Club course and earned $220,000, which she said she’s
donating to charities including the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.

”I don’t know how to really take this all in,” Kim said. ”But
it’s been a great week. I mean, on the golf course, I played very
good golf all week. The putts pretty much kept dropping
today.”

Kim thanked her parents and people who supported her for making
sacrifices to send her to the U.S. when she was 16.

”We weren’t really rich, but it takes a lot of money to send me
to the U.S. and go to school and all that. But there is one person
who helped my parents, and if he didn’t help my parents, or if he
didn’t help me coming to the U.S., I wouldn’t really be here.
Everyone needs help. I think that’s why I’m all about that.”

Pettersen shot a 68. The Norwegian star has six second-place
finishes and 11 top-five finishes in 18 starts this season. She’s
winless since the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open.

Pettersen had a double bogey on the fourth hole.

”Hit one bad shot and that cost me two shots,” she said. ”And
she made a birdie on the last. It kind of it felt like I gave her a
gap. But other than that, I’m making some great putts coming down
the stretch.”

Karine Icher finished third at 15 under, holing out from the
fairway on No, 18 for a 68.

Cristie Kerr (66) and U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer
(68) were equal fourth at 14 under, and Ai Miyazato (70) finished
at 13 under.

Ochoa, playing her first LPGA Tour event since retiring in
April, shot a 74 on her home course, leaving her 19 strokes off the
pace in 25th place.

”For sure I wanted to play better, but I think it was important
for the week for me to try to enjoy it as much as I could, and
that’s what I did,” Ochoa said. ”It was the first time to have my
husband on the course, and I think we both had a good time. And I
want to say `Thank you,’ to the players for being here and making
this tournament so special.”

Husband Andres Conesa, the CEO of Aeromexico, caddied for
Ochoa.

Kim praised Ochoa after the victory.

”She’s just down to earth,” Kim said. ”She is always there.
She is not just a great golfer. She has great warm heart. So that’s
why she’s my idol. I don’t have many idols. I want you to know
that.”

Kim also won the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge and 2009 LPGA State
Farm Classic.

The tour is off the next two weeks. The season-ending LPGA Tour
Championship is Dec. 2-5 at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.