Ally McDonald secures first LPGA Tour win

Ruben Hill
October 27, 2020

The 28-year-old from MS held off Danielle Kang by a stroke Sunday in the LPGA Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee.

Bianca Pagdanganan in action at the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

The American reeled off four birdies in five holes in the middle of her round to stand on 13-under 203 after 54 holes at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

"It shook me up pretty bad", McDonald said of her rival's late flourish. "I'm excited with the position I'm in. I've never doubted my ability but it's really hard to win out here", said McDonald, her voice cracking with emotion. "Ready to take on tomorrow". McDonald closed with a 3-under 69 for a 16-under 272 total on the Great Waters Course.

Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines was two strokes back in third place after a 70.

The Drive On Championship was created to fill in a gap between U.S. events after the LPGA's usual Asian swing was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm sitting on the lead".

"I knew Danielle was going to put the pedal to the metal". "It's not shying away from it". So I just went back to my schedule and did my routine. "I would make a little more time to read the greens". I don't have to push and be more than I am.

These were the details of the news McDonald takes first LPGA Tour win at Drive On Championship |. for this day. Fifth-ranked Kang, who turned 28 on Tuesday won the LPGA's first two Covid-19 return events in August.

Pagdanganan said she just kept it going despite the two bogeys on the front nine. "I hung in there and I was really happy to get a win".

"I was able to handle it pretty well (through the first three rounds)", she said.

"It is very fulfilling for me to finally get this victory. I'm happy with what I did".

She then sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the 10th to launch a run of three consecutive birdies that left her on 17-under with a four-stroke edge.

She registered three birdies, including back-to-back ones in the 5th and 6th holes for a 6-under heading into the back nine. "If I find myself getting ahead, I need to regroup, back off, and be right in the moment, be present, and try to execute the shot I have". "It helped me realize I can play good golf and be in contention", Pagdanganan said. "It was out by a couple inches".

Known as the longest hitter on the tour, the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist set herself up with a brilliant 300-plus yard drive to No. 18 on her second hot, landing just outside the fringe in a bunker. The four-year-old Tour player said she took pride in the resilience she'd shown through the final holes to beat the five-time LPGA Tour victor in one fell swoop Danielle Kang.

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