Kim Wins LPGA Rail Classic
Sep. 06, 1999
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Rookie Mi Hyun Kim of South Korea shot a 2-under 70 to win the State Farm Rail Classic by one shot Monday, her first triumph on the LPGA Tour.
Kim finished with a 54-hole total of 12-under 204. The victory put her in position to win 1999 LPGA Rookie of the Year honors, one year after countrywoman Se Ri Pak.
Kim took advantage of a stumble by second-round leader Janice Moodie of Scotland, and held off a late surge by defending champion Pearl Sinn.
``She (Kim) is good at everything,'' said Sinn, also of South Korea, who tied Moodie for second at 205.
Moodie, a second-year pro, was seeking her first LPGA victory. With five holes left, she was only one stroke behind Kim, but appeared to hurt her chances by getting a two-stroke penalty for apparently touching her ball while it sat in a fairway bunker.
One hole later, however, tour officials rescinded the penalty after reviewing a videotape of the situation.
Despite the correction, Moodie said the problem was a big distraction.
``It has been handled poorly in my opinion,'' Moodie said. ``I'm annoyed. Why wouldn't I be?''
Tied at 206 were rookie Marisa Baena of Colombia and Lori West. Eva Dahllof and Emilee Klein were next at 207. First-round leader Karen Stupples wound up at 208, along with Tina Barrett.
Kim, who earned $116,250, is returning to Korea next week to play in a tournament.
Kim got off to a quick start Monday, gaining a stroke on Moodie on the second hole when she sank a 20-foot birdie putt. She moved into a tie for the lead on the fourth hole with another birdie.