Ariya finishes third at Kingsmille

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Cristie Kerr parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win the LPGA Kingsmill Championship ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen.

  • Published: 6/05/2013 at 06:49 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Cristie Kerr holds the championship trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort on May 5, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Pettersen hadn't made a bogey all day, notching four birdies in a four-under par 67 to join overnight leader Kerr on 12-under par 272.

Kerr, a winner at Kingsmill in 2005 and 2009, had four birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to maintain a share of the lead and force the playoff.

Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn, who had seized the first-round lead on Thursday with a scintillating 64, finished strong with a 66 to share third on 274 with South Korean Lee Il-Hee, who carded a 67.

Americans Angela Stanford and Stacy Lewis were tied on 275, Stanford with a final-round 69 and Lewis a 70.

World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea finished alone in sixth place after a 67 for 276.

It was the second straight year the Kingsmill Championship was determined in a playoff. In 2012, Shin Ji-yai beat Paula Creamer in a nine-hole epic that finished on Monday after darkness halted play.

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