Lydia Ko set up for strong finish at Pelican Women's Championship

Sophia Popov surges to first-round lead at Pelican Women's Championship

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko tied for 34th at 3 over after a 71 in her first LPGA Tour event of the year.

That left her six shots behind comfortable victor Sei Young Kim.

It is her fourth top 10 finish of the season as her search to break a title drought on the LPGA Tour continues. I'm really happy with how I played.

I think Im playing with a different confidence level, Popov said.

A birdie at the first was offset by a rare bogey at the next, although Kim atoned at the sixth as Ally McDonald hit back from an early blemish with a run of three birdies in four holes that merely trimmed the deficit to four shots. "The way it usually happens is that you're not thinking, and I think that's what was happening", she said of her 29.

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. So when I turned I was under a little bit of pressure before made the birdie at 14.

I felt pretty confident coming into the round, Popov said.


Two more birdies in the back nine and another bogey in the 16th hole closed out the round for Pagdanganan.

"It was a tough to make the chance to birdie on the back nine because pin position really tough", Kim said.

Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp and Australia's Minjee Lee topped the group at 68. She made substantially more money ($675,000) for that single victory than she had in her entire LPGA career. I had three good up-and-downs.

Hit a full 9-iron and it was kind of flagged right off the face, Thompson said. He put his hands up.

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.

The first-year tournament was originally to be held the same week as the PGA Championship in May.

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