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2017 Ricoh Women's British Open results: In-Kyung Kim holds on to win first major title

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In-Kyung Kim of South Korea waves to the crowd on the 18th green at the USGA U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/8bd59e27eb2dc89162807e02c170fb13/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
In-Kyung Kim of South Korea waves to the crowd on the 18th green at the USGA U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

South Korea's In-Kyung Kim registered the first major title of her career on Sunday when she won the Ricoh Women's British Open by two shots over Jodi Ewart Shadoff near St. Andrews, Scotland.

Kim closed with a 1-under 71 for a 270 total, two shots better than Ewart Shadoff at Kingsbarns Links. The Englishwoman finished with a blistering 64 to tie the course record set Thursday by Michelle Wie.

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Wie, who shot 66 on Sunday, was part of a three-way tie for third at 275 with Germany's Caroline Masson (67) and England's Georgia Hall (70), Another shot back in sixth place was South Korea's Jenny Shin (67).

Wie's finish was her best in a major since winning the 2014 U.S. Open.

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"I knew I was 10 shots back starting the day and I needed to make something happen," Wie said. "I'm really proud of myself for how I chased it. If a couple of those putts coming in had gone in, I would have had a chance."

The 29-year-old Kim held a six-shot lead entering Sunday following rounds of 65-68-66. She had two birdies and one bogey in the final round but had built enough of a cushion to hold off Ewart Shadoff's charge.

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Kim admitted to briefly thinking about what occurred five years ago when she collapsed and missed a winning 14-inch par putt to let the Kraft Nabisco Championship title get away. But she quickly sideswiped those thoughts about missing out on that major and focused on maintaining her poise.

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"I had already experienced the worst," Kim said after her victory. "Having fun out there is important to me and that's what I tried to do.

"It's been a long process. A lot of my team have helped me to enjoy golf again. What I've learned is I have to give every effort to every shot. A three-foot putt is just as important as any shot, and that's what I learned from that mistake."

The victory is Kim's seventh on the LPGA Tour. She is the Tour's only three-time winner this season.

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Kim earned $504,821 for the victory.

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