Carlota Ciganda earns first LPGA win
In a day of twists and turns at the KEB Hana Bank Championship, Allison Lee and Carlota Ciganda ended up in a playoff, each battling for their first LPGA win. Ciganda started the day five shots behind Lee, but recorded birdies on six of her first ten holes. On the flip side of the coin, Lee bogeyed four of her first ten holes to fall behind.
The tide turned on the following seven holes, as Ciganda recorded a double bogey on 14, bogey on 16 and bogey on the par-5 18th to finish at 10-under par. Lee gained momentum with birdies on 15 and 17, but she too had difficulties on the last. Needing a par for the win, Lee hit her approach shot into the water. She sunk a six-foot putt for bogey to force a playoff with Ciganda.
In the first playoff hole, Ciganda was sitting close with an eight-foot putt for birdie, while Lee found her approach shot short of the green. A long chip by Lee for birdie barely slid by the hole, opening up the opportunity for Carlota Ciganda. She calmly drained the putt to claim the title and her first LPGA win.
Shanshan Feng of China finished two shots back at eight under par, along with Min-Sun Kim. At seven-under was Mi Jung Hur and Brittany Lang. In a group of three and tied for 7th at six under par were Cristie Kerr, Seon Woo Bae and Karine Icher.
Defending champion Lexi Thompson never really got into the mix, finishing with a final round of 73 to finish six shots back. Tied with Thompson were Ariya Jutanugarn, five time winner this season, In Gee Chun, Sung Hyun Park and Candie Kung.
The LPGA heads to China for the Blue Bay Championship beginning on October 20. Sei Young Kim, who finished tied for 29th this week, is the defending champion.