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BELLEAIR, Florida: Sei Young Kim won the Pelican Women’s Championship on Sunday (Monday in Manila) for her second straight victory, closing with an even-par 70 for a three-stroke victory over Ally McDonald.
The KPMG Women’s PGA winner way back on October 11 in her last start, the second-ranked Kim won for the 12th time on the LPGA Tour to break a tie for third on the South Korean victory list with Jiyai Shin, behind only Inbee Park (20) and Se Ri Pak (25).
Kim was drenched in champagne during the victory celebration. ‘’My friends put it on my head and then my T-shirt and everything,’’ she said. ‘’Feel like take a shower in the champagne. I still smell. And then drink a little bit and feel — feels, you know, like little drunk.’’
Kim finished at 14-under 266 at Pelican Golf Club in the first-year tournament originally set for the same week as the PGA Championship in May.
McDonald birdied the last for a 68. She was coming a victory in the Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia, her first on the tour.
Stephanie Meadow was third at 9 under after a 69. Lydia Ko (69) and Austin Ernst (68) were 8 under, and Brooke Henderson (69) was another stroke back with Jessica Korda (64), Angela Stanford (65) and Jennifer Song (65).
Top-ranked Jin Young Ko tied for 34th at 3 over after a 71 in her first LPGA Tour event of the year. No. 1 in the world for the last 68 weeks, she was home in South Korea since the coronavirus pandemic. Kim is close to taking the top spot. AP
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