Kia ClassicMarch 27, 2010

Seo Cruises To Title

Hee Kyung Seo cruised to her first LPGA title by six strokes over Inbee Park

Hee Kyung Seo has won 11 times on the Korean LPGA Tour.

Hee Kyung Seo has won 11 times on the Korean LPGA Tour.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Hee Kyung Seo ran away with the inaugural Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in a final round marked by Michelle Wie's latest rules gaffe.

Seo, who is not a member of the LPGA Tour, received one of the three sponsor's exemptions to get into the tournament. The 23-year-old Seo, an 11-time winner on the Korean LPGA Tour, can chose to become an LPGA Tour member.

After opening with a 70 at La Costa, Seo took the lead with a second-round 67 and had a 69 on Saturday en route to a 12-under 276 total.

South Koreans swept the top four spots, with Inbee Park (65) finishing second, and Jiyai Shin (70) and Jee Young Lee (70) tying for third at 5 under.

Wie was penalized two strokes for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water near the 11th green, giving her a double-bogey 7. She was notified of the penalty by LPGA Tour rules official Doug Brecht a few holes later. At the time, she was five strokes behind Seo. Wie ended up with a 72 to tie for fifth at 4 under.