May 09, 2017 11:59
Kim Sei-young, who struggled throughout this season, won the Lorena Ochoa Match Play on Sunday, edging out Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand by one hole.
Jutanugarn was one hole behind until the penultimate 17th hole, but both players saved par on the 18th.
Kim took home the winning US$250,000 and her world ranking soared from 12th to 8th. (US$1=W1,133)
It was Kim's first title in the 11 months since the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic. "It was a really tough day today," she said. "I never had such a hard win like today."
Kim won three titles in her rookie season in 2015 and two in 2016.
Her world ranking was sixth last year, and she wanted to go all the way to the top, but she has struggled since then, managing to stay within top 10 just once in seven competitions and missing the cut at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout last week.
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