Ally McDonald celebrated her birthday together with her first LPGA Tour victory.
“It is the very best birthday current ever,” McDonald.
The 28-year-old from Mississippi held off Danielle Kang by a stroke Sunday within the LPGA Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee. McDonald closed with a 3-under 69 for a 16-under 272 whole on the Nice Waters Course. Kang birdied the par-5 18th for a 68.
“I’ve by no means doubted my skill, however I’ve undoubtedly questioned whether or not I’d be capable to win out right here,” McDonald stated. “It is actually onerous to win out right here. So, I’ve simply actually hung in there and tried to stay to my course of since Day 1. That was capable of get me within the winner’s circle right this moment. I am actually grateful.”
McDonald birdied the primary three holes on the again 9, dropped a stroke on 14, birdied 16, bogeyed 17 and parred the par-5 18th. Kang birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to tug inside a stroke, however bogeyed the fifteenth.
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“I am not going to lie, it shook me up fairly dangerous,” McDonald stated. “I needed to collect myself and get my coronary heart fee underneath management after I made bogey on 13 and Danielle went again to again on birdies on 13 and 14. I simply advised myself to relax and do what I have been doing each single spherical, and that’s simply attempting to execute my recreation plan, management what I can.”
Kang was trying to win 2nd Drive On event of yr
Kang received back-to-back occasions in Ohio in the summertime, leads the Race to CME Globe and, at No. 5 on the planet, was the top-ranked participant within the subject.
“I knew from the beginning that Danielle was going to hold in there,” McDonald stated. “You type of go to match play mode and also you suppose completely she’s going to place the pedal down. So I used to be simply joyful to hold in there and pull it out.”
McDonald’s dad and mom watched her play throughout the weekend.
“It means the world to me, clearly, that they are right here,” McDonald stated. “That is the closest golf event that now we have. … Having them right here was simply superb.”
Kang performed by means of again spasms.
“I believe I simply have to take a number of days off proper now,” Kang stated. “My again has went right into a spasm few days in the past. I name it wifi. It is on sturdy proper and left. So it was somewhat tough this week to play with it. I believe I am very happy with how I performed regardless of not having my full recreation, however Ally performed splendidly and it has been a very nice week.”
Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines was two strokes again after a 70. Making her sixth LPGA Tour begin of the yr and seventh total. she birdied the final two holes after opening with 16 pars.
“Being at this stage and simply having the ability to compete with the best gamers, it is a lot enjoyable,” Pagdanganan stated. “I say this rather a lot, however I actually do get to reside my dream. Should you advised me a pair years in the past that I’d be taking part in on the LPGA Tour and on this place in my rookie yr I most likely would not imagine you.”
Mina Harigae (67) and Carlota Ciganda (69) had been 13 underneath, a stroke forward of Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and Katherine Kirk (70).
Alena Sharp (76) of Hamilton completed her event at even par, in a tie for 52nd place.