Kim Sei-young Ends Korean Ladies' Winless Streak

      June 21, 2016 09:44

      Kim Sei-young reacts after making a birdie during the playoff at the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap

      Kim Sei-young won the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday.

      She finished 17-under 267, forcing her into a tie breaker with Carlota Ciganda of Spain, which she won with a birdie on the first extra hole. This was her fifth LPGA Tour title and her second win this season after the Founders Cup in March. She earned US$300,000 in prize money.

      In an interview with local media, Kim said she thought she won the event on the 18th hole because she "didn't check the scoreboard all day but then saw [Ciganda] waiting."

      Kim was one stroke behind compatriot Chun In-gee and American Lexi Thompson until the third round, but overtook the co-leaders with four birdies and one bogey in the final round. She did not realize she tied Ciganda, who had four birdies while playing ahead of her group.

      Chun came third with 15-under, and Thompson tied for fourth with 14-under.

      Kim's victory ended the winless streak for Korean golfers since Jenny Shin won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in early May.

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