McDonald ace can't stop Kim LPGA dominance

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Sei Young Kim answered Ally McDonald's ace with a late birdie run to open a five-stroke lead going into the final round of the LPGA's Pelican Women's Championship.

The event is South Korean Kim's first event since winning the Women's PGA last month.

The world No.2 shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday at Pelican Golf Club, with four straight birdies from the 14th getting her to 14-under 196

"She made a hole-in-one, we almost one-shot lead," Kim said.

"I got a little bit pressure, but I try to focus on my game."

McDonald carded a 68 to be 9 under.

Stephanie Meadow was third at 8 under after a 68, in the first-year tournament originally set for the same week as the PGA Championship in May

New Zealand's former world No.1 Lydia Ko (66) was fourth at 7 under.

Australian star Minjee Lee is a shot further back after a 67, in a share of fifth at 6 under with Brooke Henderson (66) and Austin Ernst (65).

World No.8 Lee was bogey-free on moving day with birdies on the 5th, 6th and 17th holes.

McDonald had the hole-in-one on the par-3 12th and birdied the par-5 14th to get close to Kim but the American dropped a stroke on the par-4 16th.

"It was playing like 115 front, 127 hole, and there was a little bit of downwind," McDonald said as she described her ace.

"So, I thought a 115 shot, just playing the front edge, would be enough to pitch it a few yards on and let it release.

"Honestly, this is kind of how my strategy works, was everything told me to look a couple paces right of it, so I did.

"That's kind of my strategy, because I wasn't looking at the hole, but then it went in."

Kim's victory last month at Aronimink was her 11th on the LPGA Tour and first major title.

"I feel like same, but when standing on the first tee, like announcer, 'This is a major champion, Sei Young Kim'.

"When I heard that, feels like, 'Oh, yeah, I got that'," she said.