Kane defeats Kim in playoff

Lorie Kane is making up for missed chances on the LPGA Tour.

Lorie Kane is making up for missed chances on the LPGA Tour.

After nine career second-place finishes, Kane got her second win in less than two months, beating Mi Hyun Kim in a playoff on Sunday at the New Albany Golf Classic in Ohio.

The Canadian sank an 8-foot (2.5-meter) putt for a birdie on the first sudden-death hole to earn dlrs 150,000.

Kane had been portrayed as a choker before finally earning her first win Aug. 6 at the Michelob Light Classic. That boosted her confidence and left her with just one question - when would she get her second.

"The first one in St. Louis was fantastic and I was asked 'When was I going to win my first, one' and I was asking myself 'When would I win my second one,"' she said. "And here it happened today in a playoff, and I'm excited."

Both players shot 4-under-par 68s to finish 11-under at 277. Kim forced the playoff with a birdie on No. 18, but it was Kane who entered the overtime with confidence even though she had parred the hole.

Kane had pushed her approach shot from 163 yards (148 meters) in regulation and found herself at nearly the same spot in the playoff. She put her 6-iron within 8 feet (2.5 meters) and sank the putt.

"I think what gave me the confidence was I had the same shot and knew what I wanted to do the first time," she said. "And the swing was not 100 percent, and I hit it on the toe. And I said, 'If I just hit it a little bit better ...' "

Kane started the day five shots behind Shani Waugh. But Waugh faltered down the stretch, dropping three shots over the last three holes, including a bogey on the 18th, to a close a 74 that left her one shot out of the playoff and tied for third with Kelli Kuehne (69) and Brandie Burton (71).

Kim is fully recovered from knee problems and was bidding for her second straight victory. She won in a playoff last week at the Safeway Championship in Portland, Oregon, and has finished in the top five in five straight tournaments.

"About three years ago I hurt my knee. I slipped in some mud and I had a knee problem," she said. "And because of the knee problem, I also had pain in my ankle.

"So last year, I played many tournaments, more and more tournaments than prior, so it bothered the knee. But I played and I got stronger, and especially this year, I did physical exercise a lot."

Defending champion Annika Sorenstam was one shot back and 11 under at the start of the day, but struggled to a 74 and finished sixth.

Leading final round scores(USA unless stated)

Kane won with birdie on first playoff hole:

277 L Kane (Can) 74 67 68 68, MH Kim (Kor) 68 72 69 68 278 B Burton 71 68 68 71, K Kuehne 69 71 69 69, S Waugh (Aus) 70 68 66 74 279 A Sorenstam (Swe) 69 68 68 74 280 B Daniel 73 66 68 73, R Hetherington (Aus) 72 74 68 66, M Mallon 73 71 68 68, S Redman 67 72 72 69 281 D Andrews 71 68 70 72, H Bowie 69 72 68 72 282 R Jones 73 73 70 66, B King 75 70 69 68, N Scranton 70 75 68 69 283 M Estill 72 69 70 72, V Goetze-Ackerman 74 73 69 67 284 C Matthew (Gbr) 72 69 66 77, J McGill 75 65 70 74, W Ward 68 70 75 71 285 T Green 74 73 68 70, L Lindley 74 73 67 71, M McGann 73 74 70 68, SR Pak (Kor) 74 70 67 74, L Philo 72 73 71 69, C Sorenstam (Swe) 72 67 75 71, K Weiss 71 71 70 73 286 M McKay (Gbr) 73 70 71 72 287 D Ammaccapane 68 70 72 77, M Dunn 72 75 69 71, AJ Eathorne (Can) 72 73 71 71, A Finney 72 71 72 72, C Koch (Swe) 69 72 71 75, J Moodie (Gbr) 74 69 74 70, P Sinn (Kor) 72 74 71 70 288 A Dibos (Per) 75 71 71 71, C Figg-Currier 71 73 69 75, N Harvey (Can) 74 69 69 76, G Park (Kor) 78 68 69 73, A Ridgeway 74 68 73 73, K Webb (Aus) 76 70 71 71 289 C Kerr 73 72 71 73, K Williams 72 74 72 71 291 J Lidback (Per) 72 74 71 74, YP Lin (Tai) 75 71 74 71 292 J Morley (Gbr) 71 71 77 73 293 K Pearce (Aus) 69 74 74 76 307 S Cavalleri (Ita) 73 74 84 76

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