Kia Classic R4

Inbee Park wins 21st title

Kia Classic 2021 R4
March 25-28
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California
$1,800,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


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Inbee Park has won her 21st LPGA title with a five-stroke win at Aviara Golf Club on Sunday, to match the largest margin of victory in her career.


Kia Classic 2021 R4

“Everybody asks me like, ‘Do you still get nervous?’ Yes, of course. ‘But you look so comfortable. Are you comfortable?’ I’m like no, what do you expect? ,” said Park.

“What is special about this week is I always love to play [the Kia Classic] and I have played really, really well on this golf course but I was never able to win. I looked at the trophy before the final round and thought I almost had it a couple of times. Finally being able to win is a relief and it is a beautiful trophy.”


Kia Classic 2021 R4

This first win in Carlsbad came in her eleventh appearance and was also her first LPGA wire-to-wire victory (without ties).

She joins LPGA Tour Founder Marilynn Smith at No. 25 on the all-time wins list and moves within four of matching Se Ri Pak as the winningest player from the Republic of Korea in LPGA Tour history. It is also the second title for Park in her season debut (2013 Honda LPGA Thailand) and the second event she has won the week before a major championship (2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship/ U.S. Women’s Open).


Kia Classic 2021 R4

“It’s a big honor to put my name next to someone like Marilynn Smith, a Founder on the LPGA,” said Park, whose career earnings reach $17,003,925. “I’m going to try and keep playing my best to follow her footsteps.”

“She [Se Ri Pak] gave a lot of courage to women golfers in Korea that we can compete out on the LPGA. Being able to do things that follow her steps is always a great honor. Growing up, I definitely looked at Se Ri as one of my top players to look up to. It’s always a good vibe going into the major tournament.”

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Kia Classic 2021 R4

Amy Olson signed for a bogey-free 68 to tie for second with Lexi Thompson (69). World No. 1 Jin Young Ko finished alone in fourth at 8-under overall.

“I had a good warmup I think, so I’m looking forward to the ANA,” said Ko, the 2019 ANA Inspiration champion. “I had great rounds the last four days. Before this week, I practice four, five days and stayed a week at the Mission Hills. I saw my name on the bridge and believed I could win [again] on the course.”

Kia Classic 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Inbee Park
-14
66
69
69
70
274
T2
Amy Olson
-9
75
69
67
68
279
T2
Lexi Thompson
-9
72
72
66
69
279
4
Jin Young Ko
-8
71
71
68
70
280
T5
Hyo Joo Kim
-7
67
72
72
70
281
T5
Minjee Lee
-7
72
69
68
72
281
T7
Wei-Ling Hsu
-6
71
69
72
70
282
T7
Danielle Kang
-6
70
74
69
69
282
T7
Stacy Lewis
-6
73
70
74
65
282
T10
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
73
70
68
72
283
T10
Nelly Korda
-5
75
69
70
69
283
T12
Marina Alex
-4
73
69
71
71
284
T12
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
70
71
71
72
284
T12
Mi Jung Hur
-4
71
71
67
75
284
T12
Annie Park
-4
72
74
66
72
284
T12
So Yeon Ryu
-4
74
73
70
67
284
T12
Jenny Shin
-4
71
74
68
71
284
T12
Ayako Uehara
-4
72
73
69
70
284
T12
Jing Yan
-4
73
69
71
71
284
T12
Amy Yang
-4
69
76
70
69
284
T21
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
73
74
66
72
285
T21
Cheyenne Knight
-3
72
72
70
71
285
T21
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
72
74
70
69
285
T21
Sophia Popov
-3
68
68
76
73
285
T21
Lizette Salas
-3
75
68
72
70
285
T26
Kristen Gillman
-2
70
71
74
71
286
T26
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
71
74
71
70
286
T26
Christina Kim
-2
70
75
71
70
286
T26
Lydia Ko
-2
74
71
70
71
286
T26
Ryann O’Toole
-2
76
71
67
72
286
T26
Mel Reid
-2
68
70
71
77
286
T26
Madelene Sagstrom
-2
72
74
64
76
286
T33
Brittany Altomare
-1
74
71
74
68
287
T33
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
70
72
74
71
287
T33
Carlota Ciganda
-1
76
69
72
70
287
T33
Cydney Clanton
-1
73
72
69
73
287
T33
Ally Ewing
-1
72
75
68
72
287
T33
Charley Hull
-1
76
70
69
72
287
T33
Haley Moore
-1
75
71
70
71
287
T33
Azahara Munoz
-1
70
72
73
72
287
T33
Anna Nordqvist
-1
71
73
70
73
287
T33
Gerina Piller
-1
71
70
76
70
287
T33
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
72
75
70
70
287
T44
Pajaree Anannarukarn
E
79
68
70
71
288
T44
Aditi Ashok
E
74
72
71
71
288
T44
Ssu-Chia Cheng
E
73
74
68
73
288
T44
Sarah Kemp
E
72
75
69
72
288
T44
Cristie Kerr
E
76
68
69
75
288
T44
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
74
73
70
71
288
T44
Bronte Law
E
71
72
70
75
288
T51
Dana Finkelstein
1
75
72
70
72
289
T51
Brittany Lincicome
1
71
72
76
70
289
T51
Gaby Lopez
1
75
71
71
72
289
T51
Liz Nagel
1
72
72
74
71
289
T51
Pornanong Phatlum
1
74
73
70
72
289
T56
Mina Harigae
2
69
74
72
75
290
T56
Brittany Lang
2
73
71
75
71
290
T56
Mirim Lee
2
75
72
70
73
290
T56
Leona Maguire
2
72
74
70
74
290
T56
Alana Uriell
2
74
70
74
72
290
T61
Jenny Coleman
3
72
73
74
72
291
T61
Hannah Green
3
73
72
72
74
291
T61
Xiyu Lin
3
75
69
74
73
291
T61
Yealimi Noh
3
72
74
72
73
291
T61
Jennifer Song
3
75
72
70
74
291
T66
Tiffany Chan
4
76
69
74
73
292
T66
Caroline Inglis
4
73
74
77
68
292
T66
Esther Lee
4
73
74
71
74
292
T66
Pernilla Lindberg
4
71
76
77
68
292
T66
Stephanie Meadow
4
68
75
73
76
292
T66
Elizabeth Szokol
4
71
71
77
73
292
72
Celine Boutier
6
70
77
73
74
294
T73
Jennifer Chang
7
72
72
79
72
295
T73
Angel Yin
7
78
69
74
74
295
75
Jasmine Suwannapura
8
70
75
76
75
296
76
Alena Sharp
9
75
68
77
77
297
CUT
Perrine Delacour
4
74
74
148
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sei Young Kim
4
72
76
148
CUT
Jennifer Kupcho
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jeongeun Lee6
4
75
73
148
CUT
Yu Liu
4
79
69
148
CUT
Haru Nomura
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
4
74
74
148
CUT
Robynn Ree
4
76
72
148
CUT
Sandra Gal
5
76
73
149
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
5
77
72
149
CUT
Jiwon Jeon
5
72
77
149
CUT
In Kyung Kim
5
73
76
149
CUT
Mo Martin
5
77
72
149
CUT
Caroline Masson
5
74
75
149
CUT
Katherine Perry-Hamski
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
75
74
149
CUT
Yujeong Son
5
72
77
149
CUT
Emma Talley
5
73
76
149
CUT
Sarah Burnham
6
76
74
150
CUT
Chella Choi
6
74
76
150
CUT
Georgia Hall
6
78
72
150
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
6
79
71
150
CUT
Tiffany Joh
6
77
73
150
CUT
Moriya Jutanugarn
6
74
76
150
CUT
Haeji Kang
6
76
74
150
CUT
A Lim Kim
6
78
72
150
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
6
75
75
150
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
72
78
150
CUT
Jane Park
6
72
78
150
CUT
Maia Schechter
6
74
76
150
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
6
78
72
150
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
6
76
74
150
CUT
Kelly Tan
6
79
71
150
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
6
71
79
150
CUT
Maria Torres
6
73
77
150
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
6
77
73
150
CUT
Matilda Castren
7
76
75
151
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
7
77
74
151
CUT
Maria Fassi
7
76
75
151
CUT
Juli Inkster
7
74
77
151
CUT
Angela Stanford
7
75
76
151
CUT
Andrea Lee
8
74
78
152
CUT
Jeongeun Lee
8
79
73
152
CUT
Roberta Liti
8
74
78
152
CUT
Su Oh
8
78
74
152
CUT
Hee Young Park
8
77
75
152
CUT
Morgan Pressel
8
76
76
152
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
8
72
80
152
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
8
77
75
152
CUT
Anne van Dam
8
77
75
152
CUT
Daniela Darquea
9
76
77
153
CUT
Lindy Duncan
9
79
74
153
CUT
Megan Khang
9
76
77
153
CUT
Linnea Strom
9
77
76
153
CUT
Muni He
10
75
79
154
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
10
76
78
154
CUT
Paula Reto
10
78
76
154
CUT
Albane Valenzuela
10
75
79
154
CUT
Lauren Kim
11
77
78
155
CUT
Katherine Kirk
11
82
73
155
CUT
Michelle Wie West
11
81
74
155
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
12
78
78
156
CUT
Austin Ernst
13
79
78
157
CUT
Jillian Hollis
15
80
79
159
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
16
78
82
160
CUT
Yani Tseng
22
82
84
166
DQ
In Gee Chun
-4
68
68
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