Sei Young Kim Wins Meijer Classic in Playoff
A week after the Women’s PGA Championship, the LPGA had another stellar finish at the Meijer Classic. At the half way point, Lexi Thompson, who won the event last year, was at the top of the leader board. But as Thompson faltered on the final day, Sei Young Kim and Carlota Ciganda shot the rounds of the day, leading to a playoff before Sei Young Kim took the title. For Young Kim, it was her second victory of the season and fifth career LPGA win.
Early in the round, Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun were tied for the lead, but neither could make much noise on the final day. Thompson was one-under par for the round through eleven, when the wheels came off with bogeys and twelve and thirteen. Unable to recover, she finished with a 72 and tied for 4th at fourteen-under par. As for Chun, she struggled to two over for the round after the first three holes and while recording a couple of birdies on the back nine, finished with a round of 71, good for third place overall.
Other notables included Ariya Jutanugarn, who posted a 68 for a tie for 17th. The ever consistent number one player in the world Lydia Ko also recorded at 68 for a total of 270, tied with Thompson for 4th. Brooke Henderson, who took last week’s major, appeared out of gas this weekend and finished with a 71 and tie for 21st.
The round of the day was turned in by Carlota Ciganda, who hadn’t finished in the top ten in any event this season. She was rock solid, recording four birdies without a bogey to finish at seventeen under par. Sei Young Kim was rock solid most of the day, recording three birdies without a bogey through seventeen holes. As it turned out, a par on 18 would have won the event outright, but a bogey at the last meant a playoff with Ciganda.
There was very little drama in the playoff, as Young Kim birdied while Ciganda bogeyed. Ciganda was denied her first LPGA win, while the 21-year old Kim out of South Korea, notched her 10th professional win.
Na Yeon Choi, who did not play this week and missed the cut last week, is the defending champion at next week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.