As the final round of the Corona Championship came to a close, Americans claimed six of the top-10 positions. Wendy Ward, of Texas, had the best finish of the bunch with a solo fourth place. Ward tallied a 17-under-par 275 (71-68-66-70), eight strokes behind winner Lorena Ochoa, in her best finish since a tie for third at the 2007 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger.
In a tie for fifth, Florida native Cristie Kerr finished one stroke behind Ward. During the four-day event, Kerr registered 20 birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey for a 70-70-66-70=276 (-16) performance. This week's Corona Championship was her fourth top-10 finish in as many tournaments, and fifth overall of the 2009 season. The 13-year LPGA Tour member owns 11 Tour victories, with her last coming at the 2008 Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi in August.
Tied for seventh at 15-under-par 277 were McKinney, Texas native Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel, of Boca Raton, Fla. Lang (69-68-70-70) recorded a 3-under-par 70 on Sunday, while Pressel (71-67-67-72) settled for par on holes one through 17, before birdying her 72nd hole to finish the day 1-under-par 72.
Rounding out the top-10 in the LPGA Tour's seventh official event of 2009 were an American pair of rookies, Vicky Hurst (70-71-69-68) and Michelle Wie (66-71-72-69). Hurst, who hails from Melbourne, Fla., finished the week 14-under-par 278. The Duramed FUTURES Tour graduate used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance on Sunday for a 5-under-par 68 score, her lowest of the week. Her tie for 10th place is her best of the year, and as an LPGA Tour member. Hurst's fellow rookie on Tour, Wie, finished the four rounds of action with one eagle, 18 birds and six bogeys for her own 14-under-par 278 outing.
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