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Kerr lands title with late birdie

CRISTIE Kerr emerged from a four-way tie for the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 15th hole and held on to win her second Michelob Ultra Open in Austria.

Kerr, who also won in 2005, went from one shot behind to the lead when Song-Hee Kim of South Korea made a double bogey on the par-4 16th and Kerr made her birdie moments later a hole behind.

The putt gave her a 16-under total, and when challengers In-Kyung Kim and third-round co-leader Lindsey Wright also made bogeys, Kerr led by two shots with two holes left.

Kerr finished at 16-under 268 for her 12th career win and the US$330,000 winner's check.

In-Kyung Kim finished in second place when Wright bogeyed the finishing hole. Wright, who shared the third-round lead with Kerr, and Song-Hee Kim shared fourth at 271.

Lorena Ochoa, whose 13-under total after two rounds was a tournament record, started the day five shots back, and a birdie on the first hole hinted that she might make a charge.

But the world's top-ranked player followed with bogeys on three of her next four holes and faded. After making the turn at 14-under on Saturday, she was seven over the rest of the way.

Kerr, meanwhile, was steady but not spectacular with two birdies and only one bogey in a 70.

Of the four players in contention with four holes left, she was the only one to finish under par, and said her new attention to her mental focus paid off in the tense final holes.


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