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Eun Hee Ji wins LPGA's season opener

Ji makes perfect start to 2019
Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji has overcome bogeys at her opening two holes of the final round of the Diamonds Resorts Tournament of Champions at Lake Buena Vista in Florida to win her 5th LPGA Tour title and get her 2019 season off the perfect start.

Ji held off a spirited late challenge from her fellow countrywoman Mirim Lee to win by one with Nelly Korda alone in third place one shot behind Lee.

Ji, the 2009 US Women’s Open Champion, is currently 32nd in the Rolex World Rankings but will move considerably higher as a result of her win against the strong field of tournament winners she faced this week.

The surprise of the final round was the demise of joint third round leader Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson who started one off the lead heading into round four.

Ko recorded a round of 77 to finish 8th while for Henderson she too struggled, a round of 75 seeing her finish in a share of 6th.

Katherine Kirk was the only Australian in the field but finished well back in 22nd place in the field of 26 limited to LPGA tournament winners over the past two years.

The LPGA Tour’s next stop will be on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria where the inaugural staging of the jointly sanctioned European / Australasian and LPGA Tour event, The Vic Open, gets underway on February 14th.

 

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