Korda wins fourth LPGA title


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Jessica Korda won the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her fourth tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions for a four-stroke victory.

The 22-year-old American made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on the 10th, dropped a stroke on the par-4 11th and sealed it with birdies on the par-3 15th and 17th.

Second-ranked Lydia Ko, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and defending champion Shanshan Feng tied for second.

Korda finished at 18-under 266 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and earned $300,000. She opened with rounds of 69, 67 and 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

Ko finished with a 66. The 18-year-old New Zealander was coming off consecutive victories in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and Evian Championship, where she became the youngest major champion.

Feng also had a 66, and Lewis shot a 67.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, the 2012 winner, had a 72 to tie for 15th at 7 under. The South Korean star won two of the five majors this year and is tied with Ko for the tour victory lead with four.

Michelle Wie closed with a 76 to drop into a tie for 42nd at 1 under.

The event was the first of five straight in Asia. The LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship is next week in South Korea, followed by stops in Taiwan, China and Japan.