Playoff master Kim claims Mediheal win

Playoff master Kim claims Mediheal win

Kim surrendered her share of the lead with a bogey from a bunker at the par-three 17th, but forced her way into the playoff with a birdie at the par-five 18th, capping a three-over 75.

Yet Kim slowly found her pace in the second half. Then she turned in three birdies in four holes, including 17 and 18 for a 72.

South Korea's Sei Young Kim recovered from a awful start to win a three-way playoff on Sunday and clinch her eighth career title, capping a wild final round at the LPGA Mediheal Championship in Daly City, Calif.

After a successful career on the Korean Tour, Kim joined the LPGA Tour in 2015, earning a full-time status by finishing tied for fourth at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She left her attempt a couple of feet short this time, but, after Law and Lee both missed their birdie attempts, Kim calmly made hers to cap off the long day.

"It was really tough", Kim was quoted as saying on LPGA website.

"My golf is in a good place right now", she said. The 23-year-old is now ranked No. 26 and has one victory under her belt - the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship - but hasn't posted a top-10 finish since last October.

"It was really hard because my position was in the last group - all day I had the pressure".

Kim said afterward it was "really frustrating" to struggle on early holes, but she tried to keep going and stay focused. Kim's success on the LPGA Tour allowed her to be chosen as one of the lucky four golfers to represent Korea at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I still feel like nearly my heart came out. Yet after her win in May, it took her until July 2018 for Kim to pick up another win. So I've got one. In 11 tournaments, those five players have combined for six victories thus far.

Hull carded three birdies and one bogey in her round of 70 and sits at seven under.

Minjee Lee, coming off a victory Sunday in Los Angeles that moved her to No. 2 in the world, had a 67 to match Lexi Thompson (69), Amy Yang (70), Louise Ridderstrom (72) and Eun-Hee Ji (73) at 4 under.

The LPGA Tour will take two weeks off before the season resumes at the Pure Silk Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia, from May 23 to 26.

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