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Kim Mi-hyun wins at 12-under

AFP , ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Kim Mi-hyun of South Korea watches her birdie putt drop on the ninth green during the final round of the Ginn Open in Reunion, Florida, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AP

South Korean Kim Mi-hyun claimed her first US LPGA Tour title since 2002 on Sunday with a two-shot triumph in the inaugural Ginn Clubs and Resorts Open.

Kim, who claimed her sixth LPGA crown to go with 11 international victories, carded a one-under-par 71 for a 12-under total of 276.

She was two shots in front of Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, who closed with a 66, and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb of Australia, who shot a 67.

"Before I started I was so nervous to play because I didn't have a win in three or four years," Kim said. "I was nervous and I felt like, if I lose this one, I might not ever win again."

She admitted that her desperation not to lose after starting the day with a three-shot lead had affected her play.

Although she started with a birdie at the first, Kim bogeyed three of her next five holes.

She settled down with back-to-back birdies at nine and 10 -- both par-fives -- and added a seven-foot birdie at 14.

Kim put the tournament away at the par-five 17th where the usually short hitter belted a 280-yard drive and two-putted from 25 feet.

After a routine par at 18, US$375,000 and a new sports utilty vehicle were hers.

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