Hull wins Navistar LPGA Classic

PRATTVILLE, AL- The Navistar LPGA Classic came to a close Sunday at the Robert Trent Jones Trail, where Katherine Hull walked away with her second LPGA career win (2008 CN Canadian Women's Open), edging out Brittany Lincicome who finished second. Cristie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi tied for third.
With a birdie on the 71st hole, Hull got to 19-under to pull one shot ahead of third-round leader Kerr (72) and Lincicome (66). A long two-putt par on the 72nd sealed the deal. Hull will cash a $195,000 first-place check for the win. Hull's 19-under finish broke the tournament record previously held by Lorena Ochoa.

"It's a little overwhelming, actually," Hull said of her post-victory mindset. "It probably won't hit me until later. You just get so focused on executing and just finishing that you don't think about anything else. I'm definitely on a high right now, and probably won't come down for a while."

Cristie Kerr held the third-round lead by three shots but "didn't have any magic today," she said. Kerr started the round with eight straight pars before bogeying the ninth. At 18, she had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie but pushed her iron right – her bugaboo all week – and couldn't hole the birdie chip. "Today things didn't go my way," she said. "If I had played half as well as I played the first three days, it would have been no contest. Even par is like shooting over par on this golf course." Kerr missed her par putt on 18 to fall back to 17-under and finish in a tie for third.

Kerr, the current Rolex Rankings No. 3 had the opportunity to reclaim the top spot in the world of women's professional golf with either a win or a tie for second this week in Alabama. Kerr, who lost her approach shot on the final hole to the right, failed to convert the up-and-down to drop into a tie for third with Na Yeon Choi.  Rolex Rankings will be updated Monday morning.  It is projected that Ai Miyazato will spend her eighth consecutive week in the top spot.

Lindsey Wright became the seventh player in tournament history to shoot a record 9-under 63. Wright actually had a 10-footer for 62 on 18, a fact that, judging by her leaving it short and low, might have been on her mind. "I was a little nervous, to be honest, but it was a tough putt," she said. "I didn't want to shoot myself in the foot and be too aggressive. I probably lost a little bit of concentration by that point. Who knows. I'm happy with the score."