LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship - R4

Law pipped as Kim takes playoff win

May 02-05
Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, California
$1,800,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Bronte Law stormed through the pack with a final round of 65 but missed out on the Mediheal Championship title as Sei Young Kim took a playoff win.


Law started the day in 20th and 10 shots off the pace in California but hit a trio of birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th to move to five-under for the round and then an eagle at the par-5 15th saw her move to top spot.

South Korean Kim had a torrid final round, carding a three-over 75 to finish on seven-under, alongside compatriot Jeongeun Lee.

Law, Kim and Lee headed to the first for a play-off hole, where Law had made par throughout the tournament.

But bogeys for both Lee and Law saw Kim take the title, her seventh career win.

“Ultimately, waiting around that long is tough, to even get back into the mindset of, like, okay, I got to go out and play again,” said Law, who relaxed in player dining with friends before hitting the practice area when Jeongeun Lee6 tied her lead. “But, like, that’s part of the job. And it’s my first time in an LPGA playoff. So next time it happens, maybe I will learn from this experience.”

Law’s second-place finish is the best result of her three-year LPGA Tour career. Prior to today, her best finish was sixth at the 2018 Thornberry LPGA Creek Classic and the 2018 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

2019 LPGA rookie Jeongeun Lee6 is a seven-time winner on the KLPGA but found herself in unfamiliar territory on Sunday. Lee6 played her final four holes four-under par to make her way into her first career LPGA playoff. 

While she didn’t come out on top, Lee6 took it as a learning experience and was happy with her performance.

“[I] just wanted to play — just have fun with the playoff, and [I’m] pretty satisfied with it.”

In seven starts on the LPGA Tour in 2019, Lee6 has finished no worse than T16 and has collected three top-10 finishes including a career-best runner-up finish Sunday at the LPGA Mediheal Championship. Lee6 currently leads the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings.

England’s Charley Hull finished tied for fourth, two shots off the pace.

CME Group Cares Challenge– Score 1 for St. Jude

The CME Group Cares Challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

There were no aces made at this week’s LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. The season has seen nine aces, for a total of $180,000 been donated thus far in 2019. This is enough to cover half of the treatment for a pediatric patient battling lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.

Leaders Top 10 Competition

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

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Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda continue to lead with six top-10 finishes on the season, but with top-10 finishes at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship on Sunday Eun-Hee Ji (T4), Minjee Lee (T8) and Azahara Munoz (T8) all move into a tie for second with five top-10s on the season.

Race to the CME Globe

With her win, Kim earns 500 points and is projected to move from 21st to sixth in the Race to the CME Globe with 975 points.

Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 15 Sei Young Kim (72-66-68-75)

Kim is now 4-0 in LPGA Tour playoffs

With her eighth career victory, Kim ties Mi Hyun Kim for the fifth most wins by a Korean player in LPGA history; only Se Ri Pak (25), Inbee Park (19), Jiyai Shin (11) and Na Yeon Choi (9) have more wins

Kim’s final-round 75 is the highest final-round score by any 2019 LPGA Tour winner

She hit eight of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens

Kim is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, she set the LPGA’s 72-hole scoring record at 31-under 257

With her win, Kim earns $270,000; she has earned $489,346 this season and $6,402,923 for her career

This is Kim’s eighth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she finished second at last week’s HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open

At the inaugural LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in 2018, she finished T37

At the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, a separate LPGA event held at Lake Merced Golf Club, Kim finished T9

Kim represented the Republic of Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, where she finished T25

She was the 2015 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year


Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Sei Young Kim
72 – 66 – 68 – 75
281
-7
$270,000
T2
Bronte Law
73 – 68 – 75 – 65
281
-7
$142,055
T2
Jeongeun Lee6
74 – 69 – 71 – 67
281
-7
$142,055
T4
Lexi Thompson
73 – 70 – 69 – 71
283
-5
$69,641
T4
Amy Yang
68 – 74 – 70 – 71
283
-5
$69,641
T4
Eun-Hee Ji
67 – 72 – 73 – 71
283
-5
$69,641
T4
Charley Hull
69 – 70 – 70 – 74
283
-5
$69,641
T8
Marina Alex
74 – 72 – 70 – 68
284
-4
$38,765
T8
Yu Liu
76 – 66 – 72 – 70
284
-4
$38,765
T8
Azahara Munoz
69 – 73 – 72 – 70
284
-4
$38,765
T8
Minjee Lee
76 – 69 – 67 – 72
284
-4
$38,765
T12
Jenny Shin
71 – 73 – 72 – 69
285
-3
$29,629
T12
Ryann O’Toole
73 – 65 – 77 – 70
285
-3
$29,629
T12
Kristen Gillman
71 – 74 – 69 – 71
285
-3
$29,629
T15
Jing Yan
73 – 73 – 71 – 69
286
-2
$24,761
T15
Shanshan Feng
73 – 67 – 75 – 71
286
-2
$24,761
T15
Maria Torres
69 – 71 – 71 – 75
286
-2
$24,761
T18
Celine Boutier
68 – 76 – 74 – 69
287
-1
$20,771
T18
Megan Khang
75 – 66 – 75 – 71
287
-1
$20,771
T18
Lizette Salas
74 – 71 – 70 – 72
287
-1
$20,771
T18
Danielle Kang
73 – 71 – 71 – 72
287
-1
$20,771
T18
Louise Ridderstrom
71 – 69 – 72 – 75
287
-1
$20,771
T23
Inbee Park
70 – 69 – 80 – 69
288
E
$17,557
T23
Cristie Kerr
72 – 73 – 71 – 72
288
E
$17,557
T23
In Gee Chun
69 – 71 – 76 – 72
288
E
$17,557
T23
Angela Stanford
71 – 72 – 72 – 73
288
E
$17,557
T27
Morgan Pressel
70 – 76 – 74 – 69
289
1
$13,917
T27
Haeji Kang
73 – 71 – 76 – 69
289
1
$13,917
T27
Austin Ernst
72 – 73 – 74 – 70
289
1
$13,917
T27
Alena Sharp
76 – 71 – 70 – 72
289
1
$13,917
T27
Caroline Masson
76 – 70 – 71 – 72
289
1
$13,917
T27
Amy Olson
70 – 73 – 74 – 72
289
1
$13,917
T27
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
73 – 71 – 72 – 73
289
1
$13,917
T27
So Yeon Ryu
67 – 70 – 79 – 73
289
1
$13,917
T35
Anne van Dam
67 – 77 – 76 – 70
290
2
$10,638
T35
Aditi Ashok
74 – 73 – 72 – 71
290
2
$10,638
T35
Brittany Lincicome
74 – 70 – 75 – 71
290
2
$10,638
T35
Mariajo Uribe
76 – 71 – 71 – 72
290
2
$10,638
T35
Dana Finkelstein
73 – 71 – 73 – 73
290
2
$10,638
T40
Sarah Schmelzel
70 – 73 – 78 – 70
291
3
$8,332
T40
Gerina Piller
71 – 75 – 73 – 72
291
3
$8,332
T40
Carlota Ciganda
74 – 71 – 73 – 73
291
3
$8,332
T40
Laetitia Beck
74 – 69 – 74 – 74
291
3
$8,332
T40
Chella Choi
72 – 68 – 77 – 74
291
3
$8,332
T40
Moriya Jutanugarn
69 – 75 – 72 – 75
291
3
$8,332
T40
In-Kyung Kim
72 – 71 – 72 – 76
291
3
$8,332
T47
Ashleigh Buhai
75 – 72 – 75 – 70
292
4
$6,288
T47
Da Yeon Lee
79 – 68 – 74 – 71
292
4
$6,288
T47
Emma Talley
73 – 72 – 75 – 72
292
4
$6,288
T47
Pavarisa Yoktuan
74 – 73 – 72 – 73
292
4
$6,288
T47
Pernilla Lindberg
72 – 73 – 74 – 73
292
4
$6,288
T47
Wei-Ling Hsu
74 – 73 – 70 – 75
292
4
$6,288
T47
He Yong Choi
74 – 65 – 77 – 76
292
4
$6,288
T47
Na Yeon Choi
72 – 67 – 75 – 78
292
4
$6,288
T55
Jennifer Song
74 – 72 – 79 – 68
293
5
$4,958
T55
Mi Hyang Lee
72 – 74 – 75 – 72
293
5
$4,958
T55
Mariah Stackhouse
72 – 73 – 74 – 74
293
5
$4,958
T55
Kendall Dye
72 – 75 – 71 – 75
293
5
$4,958
T55
Dottie Ardina
72 – 70 – 75 – 76
293
5
$4,958
T55
Klara Spilkova
72 – 71 – 73 – 77
293
5
$4,958
T61
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
72 – 71 – 80 – 71
294
6
$4,147
T61
Karine Icher
74 – 72 – 76 – 72
294
6
$4,147
T61
Mina Harigae
75 – 72 – 74 – 73
294
6
$4,147
T61
Lydia Ko
75 – 71 – 74 – 74
294
6
$4,147
T61
Hee Young Park
74 – 73 – 72 – 75
294
6
$4,147
T61
Brianna Do
73 – 73 – 73 – 75
294
6
$4,147
T61
Peiyun Chien
68 – 72 – 76 – 78
294
6
$4,147
T68
Suzuka Yamaguchi
73 – 73 – 75 – 74
295
7
$3,696
T68
Cheyenne Knight
72 – 74 – 75 – 74
295
7
$3,696
T68
Daniela Darquea
74 – 71 – 74 – 76
295
7
$3,696
T71
Linnea Strom
73 – 74 – 75 – 74
296
8
$3,516
T71
Hannah Green
75 – 70 – 76 – 75
296
8
$3,516
T71
Ariya Jutanugarn
71 – 74 – 73 – 78
296
8
$3,516
74
Charlotte Thomas
74 – 70 – 79 – 74
297
9
$3,426
T75
Brittany Altomare
73 – 73 – 77 – 75
298
10
$3,363
T75
Jasmine Suwannapura
76 – 69 – 75 – 78
298
10
$3,363
WD
Jaclyn Lee
72 – 71
$3,299
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
78 – 70
4
$0
CUT
Annie Park
77 – 71
4
$0
CUT
Tiffany Joh
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Ruixin Liu
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
A-Yean Cho
74 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Gaby Lopez
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Angel Yin
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
72 – 76
4
$0
CUT
Brooke M. Henderson
72 – 76
4
$0
CUT
Tiffany Chan
77 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Clariss Guce
77 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Ally McDonald
76 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Sophia Popov
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Kim Kaufman
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Lauren Kim
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Lindy Duncan
78 – 72
6
$0
CUT
Catriona Matthew
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Ayako Uehara
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Jenny Haglund
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Brittany Lang
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Lee Lopez
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Beatriz Recari
73 – 77
6
$0
CUT
Alison Lee
77 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
76 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Katherine Kirk
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Chae Eun2 Lee
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Maddie McCrary
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Mel Reid
74 – 77
7
$0
CUT
Brittany Marchand
80 – 72
8
$0
CUT
Jessica Korda
79 – 73
8
$0
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
77 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Xiyu Lin
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Mirim Lee
75 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
75 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Mi Jung Hur
79 – 74
9
$0
CUT
Dori Carter
76 – 77
9
$0
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
76 – 77
9
$0
CUT
Kristy McPherson
75 – 78
9
$0
CUT
Jane Park
75 – 78
9
$0
CUT
Sandra Changkija
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Muni He
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Paula Creamer
76 – 78
10
$0
CUT
Robyn Choi
75 – 79
10
$0
CUT
Isi Gabsa
74 – 80
10
$0
CUT
Sarah Burnham
73 – 81
10
$0
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
73 – 81
10
$0
CUT
Becca Huffer
79 – 76
11
$0
CUT
Su Oh
79 – 76
11
$0
CUT
Haru Nomura
78 – 77
11
$0
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
76 – 79
11
$0
CUT
Stacy Lewis
76 – 79
11
$0
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
73 – 82
11
$0
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
76 – 80
12
$0
CUT
Youngin Chun
81 – 77
14
$0
CUT
Christina Kim
80 – 78
14
$0
CUT
Celine Herbin
79 – 79
14
$0
CUT
Joanna Klatten
79 – 79
14
$0
CUT
Marissa Steen
79 – 79
14
$0
WD
Sandra Gal
79
$0
WD
Lilia Vu
79
$0
WD
Alana Uriell
81
$0
WD
Lee-Anne Pace
$0
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