Kerr wins final event, Ko claims $1 million jackpot

Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:49pm EST
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(Reuters) - Cristie Kerr eagled the par-five 17th for a one-shot win at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida on Sunday, while Lydia Ko held off Park In-bee and Lexi Thompson to claim the $1 million Race to the CME Globe jackpot.

Kerr, 38, claimed her 18th career LPGA title and a $500,000 check by rolling in a three-foot par putt at the 18th to complete a four-under-par 68 for a 17-under 271 total at the Tiburon course in Naples.

Rookie Jang Ha-na of South Korea posted a 69 for 272 to share second place with American Gerina Piller, who fired a 67.

World number one Ko was in a tight battle to hold on to her edge in the jackpot race, with South Korean Park missing a birdie putt at the 17th as did Thompson that would have put them out in front for that prize.

World number two Park shot a 69 for 276 and sixth place in the tournament to finish second in the race, while American Thompson returned a 68 for fourth place on 274.

"I think the hole is smaller than the ball today," said Ko, who carded a final-round 72 for 11-under 277 and a tie for seventh.

Ko's par putt at the last lipped out and she did not learn she had won the jackpot until after she walked off the green and had a quiet, emotional moment.

"I'm happy that the season is over and I can relax now," said Ko, last year's Rookie of the Year.

"It was kind of a tough day. I tried to stay patient all day. Every emotion went through me."   Continued...