Golf: South Korean Kim sprints away to win LPGA Marathon Classic

Golf: South Korean Kim sprints away to win LPGA Marathon Classic

Kim Sei-young
Kim Sei-young of South Korea watches her tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

LOS ANGELES: Kim Sei-young sprinted clear in the final round of the Marathon Classic for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson in Sylvania, Ohio, on Sunday.

After starting the day with a one-shot lead, Kim built a tournament-winning advantage with five straight birdies mid-round at Highland Meadows.

The South Korean coasted home from there to card six-under-par 65 and clinch her ninth LPGA Tour victory.

The 26-year-old tied Choi Na-yeon for the fourth most wins by a Korean player in LPGA history, behind Pak Se-ri (25), Park In-bee (19) and Shin Ji-yai (11).

Kim finished at 22-under 262, while American Thompson (66) eagled the final hole for second place on 20 under.

Korean players have now won nine LPGA tournaments this year.

Source: Reuters/de

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