LPGA Drive On Championship R4

Ally McDonald wins first LPGA title

October 22-25
Reynolds Lake Oconee, Great Waters Course, Greensboro, Georgia
$1,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Ally McDonald’s 28th birthday present to herself this year was a first title on the LPGA with her victory at Reynolds Lake Oconee. She played a final round 69 for a 16-under, 272 total to beat Danielle Kang by one shot.


“I’ve never doubted my ability, but I’ve definitely questioned whether I would be able to win out here. It’s really hard to win out here. So I’ve just really hung in there and tried to stick to my process since day one. That was able to get me in the winner’s circle today. I’m really thankful.”

She started the day with a one shot lead over rookie Bianca Pagdanganan, two ahead of Kang, and made birdie on the 4th hole then parred the rest of the front nine while Kang made two pars but also bogeyed the par-4 fifth and made the turn two shots back.



McDonald made three straight birdies from the 10th and another one on the 16th but a pair of bogeys meant victory was not assured.

It came down to the final hole where Kang had a chance at eagle but just missed the cup while McDonald’s par putt dropped.


“It’s very fulfilling for me to finally get that victory. I won’t say over the hump or anything like that because it’s really hard to win out here. I’m just going to continue working really hard and try to even get No. 2 after this one. But I’ll definitely soak this in. I’m just really grateful and blessed that I play on the LPGA Tour and am able to do what I love to do every single day.”

Kang is currently ranked fifth in the world and a win on Sunday would have been her third this season, the second at a “Drive On” event.



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“I think I just need to take a few days off right now. My back has went into a spasm a few days ago. So it was a little difficult this week to play with it. I think I’m very proud of how I played despite not having my full game, but Ally played wonderfully and it’s been a really great week,” said Kang.

Pagdanganan parred the first 16 holes and closed with two birdies to finish at 14-under in solo third.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Katherine Kirk recorded their best results of the season with a tie for sixth at 11-under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Ally McDonald
-16
66
68
69
69
272
2
Danielle Kang
-15
65
70
70
68
273
3
Bianca Pagdanganan
-14
68
67
69
70
274
T4
Carlota Ciganda
-13
73
65
68
69
275
T4
Mina Harigae
-13
72
68
68
67
275
T6
Ariya Jutanugarn
-11
67
69
72
69
277
T6
Katherine Kirk
-11
72
65
70
70
277
T8
Brittany Altomare
-10
71
67
70
70
278
T8
Matilda Castren
-10
69
69
73
67
278
T8
Lydia Ko
-10
71
70
68
69
278
T11
Pernilla Lindberg
-9
68
69
72
70
279
T11
Mel Reid
-9
69
68
73
69
279
T13
Megan Khang
-8
71
70
68
71
280
T13
Brittany Lincicome
-8
72
70
70
68
280
T13
Gaby Lopez
-8
70
71
70
69
280
T13
Su Oh
-8
71
72
69
68
280
T17
Hannah Green
-7
74
68
68
71
281
T17
Stacy Lewis
-7
70
71
71
69
281
T17
Angel Yin
-7
72
67
70
72
281
T20
Chella Choi
-6
69
69
72
72
282
T20
Liz Nagel
-6
73
73
65
71
282
T20
Sarah Schmelzel
-6
72
71
68
71
282
T20
Lindsey Weaver
-6
67
72
72
71
282
T24
Lindy Duncan
-5
71
71
68
73
283
T24
Austin Ernst
-5
75
72
67
69
283
T24
Yealimi Noh
-5
72
69
69
73
283
T24
Jennifer Song
-5
65
75
71
72
283
T24
Marissa Steen
-5
68
72
74
69
283
T24
Elizabeth Szokol
-5
71
70
72
70
283
T24
Lexi Thompson
-5
71
74
68
70
283
T31
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
70
71
71
72
284
T31
Andrea Lee
-4
75
68
72
69
284
T31
Mariah Stackhouse
-4
70
75
68
71
284
T34
Lauren Coughlin
-3
69
75
70
71
285
T34
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
75
69
73
68
285
T34
Cristie Kerr
-3
73
70
69
73
285
T34
Christina Kim
-3
71
70
72
72
285
T34
Cheyenne Knight
-3
72
72
70
71
285
T34
Brittany Lang
-3
71
70
73
71
285
T34
Xiyu Lin
-3
74
69
73
69
285
T34
Stephanie Meadow
-3
74
70
71
70
285
T34
Amy Olson
-3
72
73
75
65
285
T43
Celine Boutier
-2
69
70
74
73
286
T43
Maria Fassi
-2
73
71
69
73
286
T43
Gerina Piller
-2
72
75
70
69
286
T43
Robynn Ree
-2
70
70
74
72
286
T43
Jenny Shin
-2
71
76
70
69
286
T48
Eun-Hee Ji
-1
72
70
74
71
287
T48
Haeji Kang
-1
71
75
69
72
287
T48
Caroline Masson
-1
71
73
71
72
287
T48
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
74
70
70
73
287
T52
Daniela Darquea
E
72
73
72
71
288
T52
Azahara Munoz
E
75
72
71
70
288
T52
Morgan Pressel
E
71
76
73
68
288
T52
Alena Sharp
E
70
69
73
76
288
T52
Angela Stanford
E
72
72
74
70
288
T57
Perrine Delacour
1
69
70
76
74
289
T57
Sophia Popov
1
72
71
74
72
289
T57
Patty Tavatanakit
1
72
71
75
71
289
T60
Kristen Gillman
2
70
75
71
74
290
T60
Esther Lee
2
71
72
71
76
290
T60
Minjee Lee
2
70
73
75
72
290
T60
Yu Liu
2
76
69
71
74
290
T60
Wichanee Meechai
2
73
72
70
75
290
T60
Kelly Tan
2
70
71
74
75
290
T60
Jing Yan
2
75
70
72
73
290
T67
Jessica Korda
3
74
67
77
73
291
T67
Haley Moore
3
71
75
72
73
291
T69
Ashleigh Buhai
4
72
74
77
69
292
T69
Leona Maguire
4
74
72
73
73
292
T69
Annie Park
4
74
71
73
74
292
72
Alana Uriell
6
71
76
76
71
294
73
Brianna Do
7
72
74
76
73
295
74
Anne van Dam
9
74
70
76
77
297
75
Jiwon Jeon
10
72
75
78
73
298
76
Linnea Johansson
11
73
73
74
79
299
T77
Julieta Granada
13
74
73
75
79
301
T77
Yujeong Son
13
76
71
77
77
301
CUT
Jennifer Chang
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tiffany Joh
4
72
76
148
CUT
Kim Kaufman
4
71
77
148
CUT
Lizette Salas
4
75
73
148
CUT
Linnea Strom
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
71
77
148
CUT
Emma Talley
4
70
78
148
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
70
79
149
CUT
Juli Inkster
5
77
72
149
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
75
74
149
CUT
Klara Spilkova
5
80
69
149
CUT
Sarah Burnham
6
76
74
150
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
78
72
150
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
71
79
150
CUT
Sarah Kemp
7
76
75
151
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
7
77
74
151
CUT
Jenny Coleman
8
77
75
152
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
9
74
79
153
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
9
80
73
153
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
9
76
77
153
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
9
77
76
153
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
10
78
76
154
CUT
Maia Schechter
10
79
75
154
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jillian Hollis
11
77
78
155
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
11
76
79
155
CUT
Lee Lopez
12
79
77
156
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