Kim’s playoff eagle for LPGA Tour win

Sei Young Kim holed out from the fairway for an eagle to win a sudden-death playoff with Inbee Park as South Koreans dominated the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

After driving into the water in regulation on the par-4 18th, 22-year-old tour rookie Kim forced the playoff with an 18-foot chip-in for par.

She then won on the hole with her 8-iron shot from 154 yards that barely cleared the water.

Kim became the first two-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year,having won in the Bahamas in February in her second start as a tour member.

She rebounded from a disappointing final round two weeks ago in the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, when she squandered the lead and ended up tying for fourth.

She closed with a one-over 73 in gusting winds at Ko Olina to match Park at 11-under 277. Park finished with a 71.

IK Kim bogeyed the final two holes for a 74 that left her two strokes back.

Hyo Joo Kim (69) and Chella Choi (72) tied for fourth at 7 under as South Korean players swept the first five places.

Australian teenager Minjee Lee capped a strong performance with a 71 to tie for 13th, eight shots off the pace.

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