Kane Gets first career win at Michelob Light Classic

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Lorie Kane ended five years of frustration Sunday with a three-stroke victory at the Michelob Light Classic in Eureka, Missouri.

Lorie Kane ended five years of frustration Sunday with a three-stroke victory at the Michelob Light Classic in Eureka, Missouri.

Nine times a runner-up, the Canadian native shot a final-round 71 to finish the tournament at 11-under 205 and collect $120,000. Kristi Albers was alone in second.

Kane fired a 6-under 66 on Saturday to move into the lead after the second round. On Sunday, she had her first bogey of the tournament, but gave herself some breathing room in the 90-degree Fahrenheit (32-degree Celsius) temperatures with birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 13.

Rosie Jones took advantage of Kane's bogey on the second hole to trail by one stroke. But Jones then bogeyed No. 3 and Kane's lead never dwindled below two shots after that.

Kane's only other bogey came on the 18th, but by then the title was already hers.

Kane also had to survive a brief run by the LPGA's money leader, Karrie Webb.

Webb started the day at 3-under and parred her first seven holes before going on a birdie binge to draw within three strokes of Kane. Webb birdied Nos. 8, 10, 13, 14 16 before a bogey at 17 derailed her chances to get any closer.

Webb finished in a tie for third at 209 with Jones, Sally Dee and Pat Hurst.

After Kane bogeyed the 18, several LPGA players and caddies rushed the green and doused the champion with beer to celebrate her victory.

Annika Sorenstam failed in her bid to win the tournament for the fourth consecutive year, finishing at 213.

Notes

Dorothy Delasin had a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. ... It was announced that LPGA official Doug Brecht will be leaving the tour to undergo a kidney transplant.

Leading final-round scores from the LPGA Michelob Light Classic in Missouri (USA unless stated):

205 L Kane (Can) 68 66 71 208 K Albers 67 73 68 209 S Dee 68 69 72, P Hurst 67 72 70, R Jones 68 68 73, K Webb (Aus) 72 69 68 210 D Delasin 72 71 67, A J Eathorne (Can) 71 71 68, J Jang (Kor) 73 65 72 211 A Burks 73 69 69, M Mallon 71 69 71, C Matthew (Swe) 69 71 71 212 C Blaylock 71 72 69, D Coe-Jones (Can) 71 70 71, M Estill 70 68 74, A Fruhwirth 70 69 73 213 M H Kim (Kor) 74 69 70, H Kobayashi (Jpn) 74 68 71, L Philo 71 73 69, A Sorenstam (Swe) 72 69 72, K Stupples 70 70 73

Others:

217 J Moodie (Gbr) 72 74 71

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