Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour opener in the Bahamas

Hyo Joo Kim, of South Korea, plays on the second hole during the third round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Hyo Joo Kim won the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday, relegating Stacy Lewis to yet another second-place finish.

Kim rebounded from a bogey on the 16th hole with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and closed with a par for a two-stroke victory over Lewis, 2015 champion Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist.

Kim closed with a 7-under 66 at the breezy Ocean Club to finish at 18-under 274. The 20-year-old South Korean player has three LPGA Tour victories, also winning the 2014 Evian Championship and 2015 Founders Cup.

Needing an eagle to force a playoff, the third-ranked Lewis parred the par-5 18th for a 68. She has nine runner-up finishes in a 40-event victory drought that dates to June 2014. The 11-time tour winner has 22 career second-place finishes.

Sei Young Kim also shot a 68, and Nordqvist had a 69.

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