Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sei  Young Kim holes 154yd shot to win Hawaii play-off: South Korean fill 1-2-3-4-5 places

APOLEI, Hawaii -- Sei Young Kim holed out from 154 yards for eagle to win the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship on the first hole of a playoff Saturday with Inbee Park.
After driving into the water in regulation on the par-4 18th, Kim forced the playoff with an 18-foot chip-in for par. She then won on the hole with her 8-iron shot that barely cleared the water.
The 22-year-old South Korean player became the first two-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. She won in the Bahamas in February in her second start as a tour member.
Kim rebounded from a disappointing final round two weeks ago in the ANA Inspiration when she squandered the lead and ended up tying for fourth.
She closed with a 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 30 mph at Ko Olina to match Park at 11-under 277. Park finished with a 71.
I.K. Kim bogeyed the final two holes for a 74 that left her two strokes back.
Hyo Joo Kim (69) and Chella Choi (72) tied for fourth at 7 under as South Korean players swept the first five places. Germany's Sandra Gal (69) finished sixth at 6 under. 
Catriona Matthew and Felicity Johnson tied for 36th place on three-over-par 291. The Scot scored 77 69 72 and 73, the English player 73 72 73 73. Both earned $10,176
Becky Morgan and Jodi Ewart Shadoff missed the cut