Golf: Lee Mi Rim wins LPGA Kia Classic

Lee Mi Rim poses with the winner's trophy after her -20 under par (268) tournament record during the final round of the KIA Classic at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort on March 26, 2017 in Carlsbad, California.
Lee Mi Rim poses with the winner's trophy after her -20 under par (268) tournament record during the final round of the KIA Classic at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort on March 26, 2017 in Carlsbad, California. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - South Korean Lee Mi Rim fired seven birdies in a seven-under 65 on Sunday to post a record-equalling triumph in the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.

Her 20-under total of 278 matched the tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in 2015 - when the American powered past Lee for a two-shot victory.

Determined not to be disappointed again, overnight leader Lee opened her round with a birdie and birdied every other hole on the front nine as she pulled away from the field.

She finished six strokes in front of compatriot Ryu So Yeon, who carded a 66, and American Austin Ernst, who posted a 67.