Kim, 20, finished two shots clear of American Stacy Lewis, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and defending champion Kim Sei-Young of South Korea courtesy of two runs of three birdies in a row to finish 18-under for the tournament.
She followed birdies at the par-five fourth, par-three fifth and par-four sixth with another at the eighth before another run at 12, 13 and 14 to seize a three-shot lead.
Lewis then made her third birdie in a row at the 15th to pull within two and Kim then missed an eight-foot par putt at 16 for her lone bogey, leaving Lewis only one stroke back.
But Kim answered by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt at the 17th and then parred the 18th for a two-stroke edge and when Lewis put her second at the last into the greenside rough, her chance was gone.
The runner-up finish was the 12th top-three finish for Lewis since her most recent LPGA victory 19 months ago at the 2014 Northwest Arkansas Championship, her ninth second-place showing in the span..(…]