Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Kim Leads McDonald in Pelican Women's Championship

Sophia Popov surges to first-round lead at Pelican Women's Championship Kim goes one clear at Pelican Championship
Cary Erickson | 23 November, 2020, 03:41

Kim's level-par 70 was enough to earn her 12th LPGA Tour title in her first start since capturing her maiden major title at the KMPG Women's PGA Championship last month.

Meadow, 28, fired a closing one-under 69 to finish on nine under as she ended the tournament five shots behind victor Sei Young Kim of South Korea.

The KPMG Women's PGA victor way back on October 11 in her last start, the second-ranked Kim won for the 12th time on the LPGA Tour to break a tie for third on the South Korean victory list with Jiyai Shin, behind only Inbee Park (20) and Se Ri Pak (25). "I was hitting it really well". It could be that she chased me down, that was my thought.

Popov bagged six birdies on her first nine holes, including five in a row to end the front nine, on her way to a 6-under-par 64 for the lead in the inaugural event. "The way it usually happens is that you're not thinking, and I think that's what was happening", she said of her 29.

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"Golf is compete with myself, I think", Kim said. Honestly, probably didnt see that many birdies on my front.

"It was a tough to make the chance to birdie on the back nine because pin position really tough", Kim said. She finished at 14-under-par 266 to set the 72-hole scoring record for the tournament. I made some good putts coming down. "That's kind of my strategy, because I wasn't looking at the hole, but then it went in". But its a great feeling, even though there was only about ten people that saw it. American Ally McDonald is second at nine-under and Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow is third at eight-under, after both shooting 68.

Her commanding, overnight five-shot lead remained intact for much of the final day as none of her closest rivals were able to sustain a prominent challenge over the final 18 holes at the picturesque Pelican Golf Club. She last played the Women's Australian Open in February before the tour began shutting down its Asia swing because of the pandemic.