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Sei Young Kim wins 2nd title of season at Pelican Women's Championship

Ally McDonald gave herself a big birthday present Sunday, winning the LPGA Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee for her first tour title.

Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont., finishes tied for 6th

Sei Young Kim of South Korea hits her bunker shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club on Sunday in Belleair, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

South Korea's Sei Young Kim capitalized on a big third-round lead to secure a three-shot win Sunday at the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla.

Kim, who started the day with a five-shot advantage on the field, bounced through an even-par round of 70 that featured three birdies and three bogeys. She finished at 14-under-par 266 to set the 72-hole scoring record for the tournament.

American Ally McDonald finished second at 11-under after shooting 68 on Sunday.

"Yeah, just if I play same as last three days, yeah, I expect for sure [to win]," said Kim, who earned her second win of the season and her 12th career LPGA victory.

"But Ally played quite. ... When I [got] to three-shot lead I was like, 'Oh, my God, she can't be like chase me.' I was like, 'OK, Sei Young, focus, keep going.' Yeah."

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Kim's round was marked by solid driving and putting: She hit 12 of 14 fairways (12 of 18 greens) and took just 30 putts on Sunday. The 27-year-old won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in early October in her last start.

McDonald, who won her first LPGA Tour title last month at the LPGA Drive-On Championship, played her ninth straight round under par dating back to the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. She bounced back from a bogey at No. 3 to notch three birdies over her next four holes and put a little pressure on Kim, but an even-par back nine left her short of any trophy aspirations.

"Once we got to a point, I just tried to take Sei Young out of it and play like a little tournament within the rest of the field," McDonald said. "She got out to such a big lead on the last few holes. I'm really happy with how I played. I hung in there, made some great up and downs. ...

"So I'm really pleased. Obviously following a win to get another second and be in contention, that's all I can ask for."

Henderson in the mix

Rounding out the top five were United Kingdom's Stephanie Meadow (69), who finished alone in third place at 9-under. Finishing tied for fourth at 8-under were New Zealand's Lydia Ko (69) and American Austin Ernst (68).

In a four-way tied for sixth place were a trio of Americans including Jessica Korda (64), Angela Stanford (65) and Jennifer Song (65), as well as Canadian Brooke Henderson (69).

Korda's bogey-free 64 was low round for the day.

"I ... definitely minimized some of the mistakes; less wind today, which I felt like it maybe played a bit easier," said Korda, a five-time LPGA winner.

"I just gave myself better numbers, and with the wind it's kind of tough to get yourself exactly the numbers that you like. But we had a lot of the same numbers today, so I was able to capitalize and I made some really long putts, too, which obviously always helps."

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