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Jimin Kang wins by a shot

Jimin Kang won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia for her second LPGA Tour title, beating Juli Inkster by a stroke Sunday when the 50-year-old Hall of Famer bogeyed the final hole.

Kang, the 30-year-old South Korean player, birdied the par-4 18th for a 6-under 65 and a 9-under total at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Inkster finished with her second straight 67. She birdied Nos. 15-17 to take the lead, but couldn’t hold on in her bid to break the LPGA Tour age record of 46 years, 8 months set by Beth Daniel in the 2003 Canadian Women’s Open.

Sweden’s Maria Hjorth (71) and Japan’s Mika Miyazato (69) tied for third at 6 under, and South Korea’s Meena Lee (69) was 5 under.

Michelle Wie shot a 74 to tie for 34th at 3 over.

Kang, also the 2005 LPGA Corning Classic winner, birdied three of the last four holes. She earned $270,000 in the inaugural event.

“Oh my God, I can’t believe I won the tournament,” Kang said. “I made a lot of putts … I noticed I was playing pretty darn good toward the end.”

The tour will remain in Asia the next two weeks for events in South Korea and Japan.

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