Lizette Salas won going away at the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC for her first LPGA victory.
Building on a third-round 65 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, Va., Salas birdied at Nos. 3 and 5 for a big lead early. She held on for an even-par 71 to finish four shots ahead of Sarah Jane Smith, reigning Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Lexi Thompson and former World No. 1 winner Yani Tseng.
“I was patient, I was happy, and I was ready most importantly,” Salas said. “I took a different approach this week of not thinking so much and trying to be perfect.”
Smith closed with 66 to tie for the day’s low round. Thompson and Tseng shot 69, the latter finishing with a double bogey that allowed Salas a comfortable margin down the stretch.
It’s Salas’ third top-10 finish of the season as well, while she pushes her season’s earnings to $470,615. Salas rises to eighth in the Race to the CME Globe season-championship standings. Points leader Stacy Lewis finished T-12 at 5 under, slipping with a triple bogey at the last.
Lydia Ko finished tied for fifth at 8 under alongside So Yeon Ryu. Defending champion Cristie Kerr finished T-29 at 2 under.
– Associated Press contributed