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Sei Young Kim wins LPGA Meijer Classic

Kim takes LPGA playoff for 2nd win of year

BELMONT, Mich. — Sei Young Kim won the LPGA Meijer Classic on Sunday for her second victory of the year, beating Carlota Ciganda with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

After bogeying the 18th in regulation to drop into the playoff, Kim, last year's rookie of the year, rebounded on the par-4 hole in the playoff. She hit a 124-yard shot from the deep left rough — so deep that she momentarily lost her ball after looking away — ran the ball onto the green and settled at 31/2 feet.

Kim finished with 3-under 68 at Blythefield to match Ciganda at 17-under 267.

Ciganda parred the final five holes in a bogey-free 67. Winless on the tour, she also hit into the left rough in the playoff. She hit a 156-yard shot through the green and couldn't get up-and-down for par.

In Gee Chun, tied for the third-round lead with defending champion Lexi Thompson, had 71 to finish third at 15 under. Thompson, fighting back pain, shot 72 to tie for fourth with top-ranked Lydia Ko (68) at 14 under. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (69) finished 5 under.

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