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S. Korean Kim Sei-young earns 2nd LPGA win of season in Florida

All News 07:16 November 23, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean LPGA star Kim Sei-young cruised to her second victory of the season and 12th of her career in Florida.

Kim took the inaugural Pelican Women's Championship by three strokes over Ally McDonald of the United States at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, on Sunday (local time). By earning US$225,000 in the winner's check, Kim has climbed to the top of the money list with $1,133,219.

Kim, No. 2 in the world rankings, shot an even par 70 in the final round for the four-round total of 14-under 266. She began Sunday holding a five-shot lead over McDonald, who carded a 68 in the final round and still lost by three.

In this Associated Press photo, Kim Sei-young of South Korea tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, on Nov. 22, 2020. (Yonhap)

Kim, who had three birdies and three bogeys Sunday, also leads the Player of the Year points race with 106. Fellow Korean player Park In-bee, who had been at the top with 90 points, didn't play at the Pelican Women's Championship.

A regular tournament win is worth 30 points, and points are doubled at major championships.

Kim, 27, captured her maiden major title last month at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has picked up at least one victory in every season of her career to date -- three in 2015, two in 2016, one each in 2017 and 2018, three in 2019 and two so far in 2020.

The abbreviated 2020 season, plagued by the coronavirus pandemic, has three tournaments left: the Volunteers of America Classic (Dec. 3-6), followed by the final major of the year, the U.S. Women's Open (Dec. 10-13), and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship (Dec. 17-20).

In this Associated Press photo, Kim Sei-young of South Korea hits a shot out of the rough on the seventh hole during the final round of the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, on Nov. 22, 2020. (Yonhap)

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