Kim Sei-young Wins 1st LPGA Championship of 2019

Minjee Lee

Playing through a back injury that has forced her to alter her swing, Kim rebounded from an opening bogey with an eagle on the par-5 fifth and three more birdies.

Yet Kim slowly found her pace in the second half. The Englishwoman missed a chance to pull closer when her 6-foot birdie try on 18 slid left.

Kim overcame a awful start to the final round - a double-bogey at the first hole followed by a bogey at the next - and bided her time before coming through at the end for her eighth victory on the LPGA Tour.

Kim moved to 4-0 in playoffs on the LPGA Tour. As both Lee and Law missed their birdie putts and Kim successfully tapped in her 2 feet birdie putt, she was declared the victor.

"It's really tough to escape from the rough because today's pin positions really tough", Kim 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 October.

"Last putt, I got nervous and my heart nearly came out", Kim said. "Last seven wins, I played really well final round".

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"This golf course is very challenging", Thompson said.

"It was really frustrating, starting really bad", 25-year-old Kim told Golf Channel. "I feel like it's more of a challenge, not as much of a birdie-fest". 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. Yet after her win in May, it took her until July 2018 for Kim to pick up another win.

Kim finished with a three-over 75 but won the play-off after bogeys from compatriot Jeongeun Lee and Law.

Kim's victory this weekend allowed Korean golfers to continue their dominance on the LGPA Tour this season. In 11 tournaments, those five players have combined for six victories.

Although rookie Lee wasn't able to pick up her first LPGA Tour win after three-putting at the first playoff hole, this was still her best finish of the season.

Five players are tied in fourth place at 4 under: Australia's Minjee Lee (67), Lexi Thompson (69), South Korea's Amy Yang (70) and Sweden's Louise Ridderstrom (72).

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