Danielle Kang wins the Marathon Classic with Ciganda in the Top-10

The American continues to dominate the LPGA circuit after winning her second title in a week. Ciganda finished ninth with 277 hits.


American Dannielle Kang maintained her dominance in the LPGA season by conquering the Marathon Classic for the second time this Sunday, her second consecutive tournament and the fifth of her career.

The Spanish Carlota Ciganda, the Mexican María Fassi and the Puerto Rican María Fernanda Torres shared ninth place with nine other rivals who finished with 277 strokes (-7) .

Dannielle Kang closed at the Highland Meadows Golf Club with a card of 68 strokes (-3) and added 269 (-15), one less than the English Jodi Ewart Shadoff (67, -4 and 270, -14) and the Australian Lydia Ko (73, +2, 270, -4), who shared second place.

The two-time United States amateur champion won last week, at the restart of the LPGA Tour, the Inverness Club in nearby Toledo, home to next year's Solheim Cup.

Now Kang looks like the best player in her country.

Kang, who was five strokes behind in qualifying with six holes remaining, did the miracle after Ko double bogeyed on the final hole (18) .

The flaming champion started with consecutive birdies on holes 13 and 14 and then added pairs for a 68 of 3 under par, all due to the Australian golfer's collapse.

Ko was looking to end a streak of two years and 44 tournaments without a win. But he bogeyed on the 14th hole, and with Kang's birdies, the lead was reduced to two.

Ko got another shot too many on 16 and couldn't get past par on 17 (5) when Kang was in birdie position.

On the last par 5, Ko fell apart. He hit his chip across the green. With a slightly uphill 'lie' on the uneven turf, Ko cushioned the chip and watched it roll into a bunker.

Finally he tried a putt of more than three meters in search of the bogey that would have at least allowed him the tiebreaker, but the ball did not enter and ended up with a double bogey.

Ewart Shadoff, without an LPGA win, played bogey-free after the opening hole for a 67 (-4), which also helped him share second place with the Australian.

Ko reached number one in the world as a teenager and is now out of the top 50. Her back had been worrying her all week, but this seemed to be more a matter of nerves.

Australian Minjee Lee finished with 'eagle' and 'birdie' with which she signed 68 strokes (-3) and added 271 (-13) to finish fourth.

Spanish Carlota Ciganda completed the fourth round with a score of 70 (-1) after achieving five birdies and four bogeys. In the previous days it went from more to less: 68, 68 and 71.

Mexican María Fassi closed with an 'eagle' and completed 69 strokes (-2). In the previous days he had 67, 66 and 75.

The Puerto Rican María Fernanda Torres, like Ciganda, went from more to less in the first few days, so today her record of 72 (+1) hardly confirmed her irregular performance.

Ecuadorian Daniela Darquea ranked 76 with 290 hits (+6). The Paraguayan Julieta Granada did not make the cut that was at +1, which neither the Mexican Alejandra Llaneza nor the Spanish Beatriz Recari and Azahara Muñoz did.

Neither did France's Celine Boutier (72.72, +2) beat him, who disappointed in the tournament.

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