Sei Young Kim clinches second win of the season at Marathon Classic
Sei Young Kim returned to the winner’s circle at the Marathon Classic on Sunday after a closing six-under-par 65 saw her finish two strokes clear of Lexi Thompson.
Starting with a birdie at the second, Kim proceeded to catch fire midway through her round, making five straight birdies starting from the eighth to seize the tournament by the scruff of the neck.
Another birdie followed at the 15th, and even though she gave that shot straight back with her only bogey of the day at 16, she had already done enough to secure her second LPGA Tour victory of the season.
HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/CkxxJKd5fM
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 15, 2019
“I really wanted another win, especially this week, because the last two weeks I play really bad,” said Kim, who finished with a tournament-record 22-under 262 total.
Thompson started the day a shot behind Kim, but left herself with too much to do down the stretch, and not even a spectacular birdie-eagle finish for a closing 66 was enough to deny the champion.
Kim is now looking ahead to the final two majors of the year, the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open.
"I get confidence from this tournament win, so hopefully make good results in the next two major tournaments."@SY_KIM_lpga hopes to use the momentum from today's win to propel her through the European major tournaments. pic.twitter.com/ipvXCjQkpO
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 14, 2019
“I haven’t had a win the major tournament yet,” she said. “I think I try too much when I play the major tournament. I just play the same as regular tournament, even major. … Just let it go. Let it happen.”
Stacy Lewis, from nearby Toledo, was third at 16 under after a 66.
“It was a lot of fun,” said the former World No 1, who has struggled for form in recent seasons. “More putts have gone in this week than in the years past. It was nice to give my family something to cheer for.”
US Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 finished fourth on 14 under after a 69.
Jennifer Kupcho (71), Linnea Strom (65), Tiffany Joh (67), Caroline Masson (68) and Pavarisa Yoktuan (69) tied for fifth on 11 under to all earn their places in the Women’s British Open.
It’s been a battle – Rory McIlroy delighted to pip rival Patrick Reed in Dubai
The Northern Irishman birdied the final two holes at Emirates Golf Club to card a closing 68 and finish a shot ahead of Reed on 19 under par.
Rory McIlroy holds off rival Patrick Reed with birdie on 18 to seal Dubai win
McIlroy birdied the final two holes at Emirates Golf Club to card a closing 68 and finish 19 under par.
Rory McIlroy leads by three in bid to win his third Dubai Desert Classic title
England’s Callum Shinkwin and Dan Bradbury are McIlroy’s closest challengers heading into the final round.
Golf bid to increase diversity in sport improving but still has ‘long way to go’
Nicola Bennett is an ambassador for the Golf Foundation, helping to drive grassroots campaigns.
Richard Bland boasts share of lead at halfway stage in Dubai Desert Classic
The 49-year-old returned to complete his second round on Saturday morning, carding three more birdies and a solitary bogey in his remaining 14 holes.
On this day in 2009 – Colin Montgomerie appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Scot made eight playing appearances in the competition.
Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed set up potential showdown in Dubai
McIlroy and Reed found themselves a shot behind world number one amateur Ludvig Aberg and Ian Poulter.
Rory McIlroy finishes superbly to take share of lead with rival Patrick Reed
The pre-tournament build-up had been dominated by the war of words between Reed and McIlroy.
Patrick Reed makes impressive start after floods cause delay in Dubai
Reed was able to complete 16 holes on a truncated day at Emirates Golf Club.
England’s Aaron Rai shares lead after first round of Farmers Insurance Open
The 27-year-old started on the more forgiving North Course of Torrey Pines.