Kingsmill Championship: Lizette Salas finishes four shots clear

Last Updated: 19/05/14 8:19am

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Lizette Salas with trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship

Lizette Salas with trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship

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Lizette Salas was celebrating her maiden LPGA Tour title after claiming the Kingsmill Championship by four shots.

Salas carded a closing round 71 to finish on 13-under for the event, with Sarah Jane Smith, Lexi Thompson and Yani Tseng adrift in second.

The 24-year-old Salas said: "I was patient and I was happy today. I felt so ready. There are so many emotions going on right now. I am just trying to breathe.

"Once I got to 17 we had a nice little cushion so I enjoyed that walk up 18.”

Final round leaderboard

(US unless stated)
-13 L Salas
-9 SJ Smith (Aus)
-9 L Thompson
-9 Y Tseng (Tpe)
-8 L Ko (Nzl)
-8 R So-Yeon (Kor)

Salas missed the cut at the North Texas Shootout just two weeks ago, but a change of putter and a new mental approach have been key to her turnaround in fortunes.


"I made a putter switch last week when I was home," she said. "I took a different approach this week of not thinking so much and trying not to be perfect.  

"The knees were shaking a little bit but after being in the Solheim Cup I knew how to control my nerves. I knew where to hit it and I just stayed patient."

Smith had made a final-day charge with a five-under 66 to earn a share of second alongside Thompson (69) and former world No 1 Tseng (69).

Ryu So-Yeon and Lydia Ko were tied on eight-under, while Thidapa Suwannapura was a shot further back

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