May 8, 2017
Kim Sei-young poses with the champion's trophy after winning the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City on May 7, 2017. (Yonhap)
has collected her sixth career LPGA victory at a match play event in Mexico.
Kim defeated Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up to take the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City on Sunday (local time).
It was Kim's first win of 2017. The 24-year-old won three times as a rookie in 2015 and added two more wins in 2016. She took home a winner's check of US$205,000.
She's also the sixth different South Korean to win on the tour this year in 10 tournaments after Jang Ha-na, Amy Yang, Park In-bee, Lee Mi-rim and Ryu So-yeon. The LPGA Tour has had 10 different winners in those 10 tournaments so far in 2017.
The world No. 12 edged out fellow South Korean Hur Mi-jung in the semifinals at Club de Golf Mexico and then beat the world No. 3 from Thailand for the win. Kim is projected to rise to No. 8 in the next world rankings.
Against Jutanugarn, Kim won the first three holes with birdies to take a 3-up lead. It remained that way until the 10th hole, where Jutanugarn cut Kim's lead to 2-up with her first birdie of the final.
Kim regained her 3-up lead with a birdie at the par-four 12th. But Jutanugarn made things more interesting in the final stretch, as she birdied the 14th and the 17th.
Jutanugarn could have extended the match but Kim matched Jutanugarn's par to secure the victory.
In the third place match, Hur defeated Michelle Wie 1-up in 22 holes. She rallied from a 5-down deficit after 10 holes by winning five holes on the back nine and then completed the comeback with a birdie on the 22nd hole.
The tournament is named after the former world No. 1 player from Mexico.
Kim Sei-young hits a shot on the second hole during the final of the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City on May 7, 2017. (Yonhap)