LPGA Kia Classic Winners and History

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The Kia Classic has been a fixture on the LPGA Tour since 2010.

The inaugural tournament was played at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California and was won by Hee Kyung Seo. The win was significant because she was a member of the LPGA of Korea Tour, and became just the 19th non-LPGA member in Tour history to win a tournament. She was in on a sponsors’ exemption.

In 2011, the tournament moved to the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms. It returned to La Costa in 2012. Since 2013, it has been played at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California.

The title sponsor of the tournament is Kia Motors, a South Korean-based automobile manufacturer.

A complete list of winners of the Kia Classic follows:

YearChampionWinning scoreTo parMarginPurse ($)
2019Nasa Hatoaka
69-70-64-67=270
-183 strokes1,800,000
2018Ji Eun-hee70-68-67-67=272–162 strokes1,800,000
2017Mirim Lee68-68-67-65=268–206 strokes1,800,000
2016Lydia Ko68-67-67-67=269–194 strokes1,700,000
2015Cristie Kerr67-68-68-65=268–202 strokes1,700,000
2014Anna Nordqvist73-68-67-67=275–131 stroke1,700,000
2013Beatriz Recari69-67-69-74=279−9Playoff1,700,000
2012Yani Tseng67-68-69-70=274−146 strokes1,700,000
2011Sandra Gal67-68-70-71=276−161 stroke1,700,000
2010Hee Kyung Seo70-67-69-70=276−126 strokes1,700,000

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