PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – South Korea’s Soo-Yun Kang won for the first time on the LPGA Tour, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory in the Safeway Classic.

Kang, who led by three strokes after the first two rounds, finished with a 15-under 201 total in brilliant sunny conditions at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

Women’s British Open winner Jeong Jang shot a 70 to finish second, and Gloria Park was five strokes back after a 71.

Kang, wearing flashy black-and-white capri pants, frequently smiled and laughed – comfortable in the final group that included compatriots Jang and Park.

She bogeyed the final hole but had built such a lead that it didn’t matter. After she punched the sky in victory, a pair of her friends – including Grace Park – showered her with champagne.

Kang is in her third full season on the LPGA Tour.

Her previous best finish this season came at the other Safeway – the Safeway International back in March. Kang was a shot back of leader Lorena Ochoa going into the final round, but tied for third at Superstition Mountain Country Club. Annika Sorenstam won it in a playoff with Ochoa.

Joo Mi Kim shot a 71 to finish at 8 under. Tour veteran Beth Daniel and Sung Ah Yim were 7 under.

Rosie Jones, who finished in a group at 6 under, was treated with a warm ovation when she putt for par on No. 18. The 45-year-old says she will retire from full-time play at the end of this year.

“I love this golf course. I was coming around the 15th hole and I saw those big trees out there and I thought, “This might be the last time I see this,”‘ Jones said. “And that’s sad.”

Because of scheduling conflicts, Sorenstam wasn’t among those playing at Columbia Edgewater. She won the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.

Last year, Hee-Won Han birdied the 18th hole at Columbia Edgewater to pull even with Canadian Lorie Kane, then birdied the hole again to win the playoff for her third LPGA title.


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