South Korea's In Kyung Kim claimed victory in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by three strokes on Saturday, but was challenged to the end by American Michelle Wie. A strong finish to a round of 68 saw Kim win with a four-round total of 18-under-par 270 at the season-ending tournament on the Ladies European Tour.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, one of the leading international women’s golfing events, saw the world’s top female golf pros compete for the championship title and for the total prize money of Euros 500,000. In addition, OMEGA continued in its tradition of honouring the champion with a timepiece, which this year was an OMEGA Constellation made in 18 Ct gold and paved with 28 diamonds.
After the prize presentation ceremony, Kim was welcomed in style at the Omega Hospitality Lounge where guests and well-wishers toasted her victory.
“We congratulate In Kyung Kim on her outstanding win at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and we are delighted to present the OMEGA Constellation to her. Kim’s technique, style, and individuality are well matched with the OMEGA timepiece that we have presented her with; she truly deserves it,” said Omega Vice President, Raynald Aeschlimann.
Kim survived a final-round challenge from second-place finisher Michelle Wie who, in spite of having the best round of the day, finished three strokes behind the leader. The champion said, “I’m very excited to win this week. Michelle had a great turn. She had six birdies until 13 and was very impressive. But I tired to keep playing my game and I think I did a good job.”
Wie turned in a sizzling 65, which included seven birdies on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club. She said after the round, “I feel like I had a good run going. Just the 18th hole, I was annoyed by that second shot. But, other than that, I felt like I tried my hardest out there and gave it my all.”
Wie, who was playing in her first Dubai Ladies Masters, has enjoyed her best year as a professional golfer in 2009. She has been an OMEGA brand ambassador since 2005
Omega’s association with high-profile international sporting events goes back decades. Its involvement with world class golf includes its title sponsorship of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the oldest and most prestigious global golf team event in the world, and the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, which this year was the first event ever to be co-sponsored by both the European and Asian Tours.
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