But Jutanugarn better Ko yet again, finishing in a tie for second at 23-under, two shots behind victor Anna Nordqvist of Sweden. Last year, Kim matched Annika Sorenstam's tour scoring record of 27 under in a five-stroke victory over Ko.
Nordqvist took control of the tournament with a course record third round of 11-under 61 to lead by two with 18 holes to play and put the result beyond doubt with a 4-under Sunday round.
Nordqvist defeated In Gee Chun, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn by two with fast finishing Ha Na Jang leading a group of players in T5 at 21-under. They feel like family, my US family.
Lewis is now winless in 67 LPGA events entered since mid-2014. She had an impressive four days carding 26 birdies, one eagle, and three bogeys to finish at 25-under par for the tournament.
"Certain holes you have to make birdie to stay with the competition". I just really focus on like what is under my control. But right now, Arizona feels like home.
"If it wouldn't be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn't be here today", said Nordqvist. She won at Desert Ridge in 2013 to reach No. 1, was second in 2014 and 2015 and tied for fourth past year. My sponsor's here. I have family and friends here, or seemed like family. "A little interesting at the end, but I'm so happy and proud of myself this week".
Lewis' bogey-free round also has her sitting in a good position heading into the weekend. She won five LPGA Tour titles last year and topped the player of the year points race and money list.
Lee jumps back into the top 100 in the world rankings, in 98th, but is not now qualified for the Masters, where he finished 17th past year.
The world number one's third round of 63 vaulted her temporarily into second spot, but she was surpassed by a slew of low scores to go into the final day in a share of seventh.
Inbee Park (66) was another stroke back with In Gee Chun (69), Jessica Korda (66), Karine Icher (65), Chella Choi (66) and Sung Hyun Park (66).