Nov 22nd, 2020
Sei Young Kim goes clear in Florida
South Korean in dominant form at the Pelican Women’s Championship
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"She made that hole-in-one and we had a one-shot lead. I got a little pressure, but I tried to focus on my game," said Kim, who recorded a 6-under par 64.
"That stretch was good, but sometimes I just challenge myself. That's easier. Even with the lead, I will keep pushing myself until the last hole."
McDonald sits alone in second place. Her first ace in competition helping her to a two-under 68 and nine-under overall heading into the final round.
"I'm starting quite a bit behind [compared to today] but like I said, hats off to her [Kim] for how well she played to separate herself," said McDonald, who hit 13 of 14 fairways in round three.
"I'll tee it up with the same mentality that I've had—go out there and try to execute shot by shot, hole by hole. Hopefully, that gives me a lot of really good looks for birdie and I can close that gap a little bit."
Stephanie Meadow completes the final grouping for the Sunday round. The Northern Ireland native bounced back from a couple of early bogeys to shoot two-under 68 and stay in the hunt. She is in outright third at eight-under overall.
"I saw some putts go in, really. My swing felt a little better and focused on my tempo, which started to give me a little confidence," Meadow said.
"Once you see a couple balls go in the hole, it kind of goes from there. [My fiancé] Kyle told me this morning, 'They might make putts, just stick to your own thing.' I kept saying that to myself over and over again."
Sei Young Kim would earn her 12th career LPGA Tour title if and pass Jiyai Shin (11) on the all-time wins list of players from the Republic of Korea, trailing only Se Rei Pak (25) and Inbee Park (20)
The $225,000 winner's check would give Kim $9,799,895 in career earnings to reach No. 20 on the career money list and pass In-Kyung Kim; she would become the second player this season to surpass the $1 million in earnings ($1,133,219)
A win for Kim would see her secure a second-consecutive season with multiple victories and her fourth multi-win season on the LPGA Tour. She has earned at least one win in every Tour season since 2015 (thanks to her success at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in early October).
A Rolex first-time winner at the LPGA Drive On Championship—Reynolds Lake Oconee, Ally McDonald made the 11th hole-in-one of the 2020 LPGA Tour season as she found the bottom of the cup on the 12th with a pitching wedge from 132 yards. It was the first of her LPGA Tour career.
For that ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 2020 season has now seen 11 aces for a total of $220,000 donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"That’s awesome,” McDonald said.
“I think any time that our Tour does something that can give back to charities, especially St. Jude, it’s just great to help kids. I know that the donation will go to great use at St. Jude for sure.”