Alison Lee takes lead in South Korea


Carlota Ciganda of Spain blew a late five-stroke lead, but recovered, to win the rainy LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in a playoff from Alison Lee of America at Incheon in the Korea Republic on Sunday. She was the first-round leader after a 65, but dropped to second place behind Lang, the reigning U.S. Women's Open champion, after the second round. Lee is winless in two full seasons on the tour. They returned to the 18th hole for the playoff, where Ciganda defeated Lee, the world number 44, with a birdie on the first extra hole. But while Ciganda faltered in the group ahead, the American made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th and a 12-footer on the par-3 17th. She also won an event in Germany last month. Feng has performed strongly since winning a bronze medal in Rio.

Korean-American Lee again found trouble on the 18th in the playoff, missing the fairway with her drive and second shot, before nearly making birdie with a monster putt. "I didn't make any of the putts I looked at on the back".

Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. And this course out of the rough, it's a very tough golf course because you don't know how far that ball's going, whether you get a flyer or not. At 10-under through two rounds, Lang leads fellow American Alison Lee by one stroke.

Lang had a 72.

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Park is one of five South Koreans in the top 10 at halfway point.

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Needing only to par the last to win, she somehow managed to leak her approach into water short of the green but got up and down for a bogey six to force the playoff.

Ciganda and Lee finished at 10-under-par 278, two strokes clear of Feng and Min-Sun Kim.

The 19-year-old finished 13 shots behind victor Carlota Ciganda of Spain. She and Lang are the only USA winners this year.

Last year's victor, Lexi Thompson, finished in 13th position on four-under-par along with second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and South Korea's Gee Chun (71) also on four under.

Larsen earned $30,000 to jump from 69th to 20th on the money list with a four-event total of $41,677, enough to get a spot in the final stage of LPGA Tour Q-school.

Fourth-ranked Brooke Henderson also struggled, shooting 78-72 on the weekend to finish at 5 over. The Canadian teen plans to play all six weeks in Asia. She was 1 under after a 67.