Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Kim Wins LPGA Event in China

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Kim Wins LPGA Event in China

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With an eagle and a birdie on the two late par 5s, In-Kyung Kim won the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory in six years.

The victory helped South Korea sweep the event's top three places.

The 28-year-old Kim shot a 7-under 66 at Reignwood Pine Valley, holing a 25-foot eagle putt on the 16th and a 12-footer for birdie on the 18th for her fourth tour title and first since the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. She also won a Ladies European Tour event last month in Germany.

Kim finished at 24-under 268, a stroke ahead of third-round leader Mi Jung Hur and 2014 winner Mirim Lee in the Asian Swing opener. Playing a group behind Kim in the final threesome, Hur missed a chance to force a playoff when her eagle chip from the back fringe went a foot right.

"I just wanted to play my game. I can't control anyone else's game," Kim said. "I feel good that I was able to play how I wanted to play. Even the result, I really try not to focus on result so much. Then I wouldn't be able to perform the way I wanted. I chose to play my game and kind of paid off."

Kim made up for a bogey on the par-5 ninth she went for the green in two and ended up short in the water by playing the other four par 5s in 5 under. She made the eagle on 16 and birdied Nos. 6, 12 and 18. She also birdied the par-4 15th during her late run to the championship.

Kim is the sixth South Korean winner this season and the third- oldest winner behind Anna Nordqvist (29) and Brittany Lang (30). Kim earned $310,000 to push her season total to $573,534 and is projected to jump from 42nd to 29th in the world ranking. (AP)

Surgery likely for 76ers' Simmons * Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, will probably need surgery for a broken bone in his right foot.

Philadelphia president Bryan Colangelo said Sunday no decision had been made and there was no timetable for how long Simmons would be out of action. Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone during the 76ers' final training camp scrimmage Friday.

Simmons' injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to draft lottery picks and has losing streaks of 26 and 28 games over the last three seasons. …

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