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Golf: South Korea's Sei Young Kim wins Marathon Classic

Sei Young Kim watches a shot to the eighth green after overshooting the short hole during the third round of the LPGA Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, on July 13, 2019. (Lori King/The Blade via AP)

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) -- Sei Young Kim won the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and shooting a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson.

Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at 22-under 262 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The 26-year-old South Korean player has nine tour titles, also winning the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in May in California.

Thompson, a stroke behind Kim entering the day, closed birdie-eagle for a 66.

Six shots ahead of Thompson after the birdie run, Kim played the final seven holes in even par, offsetting a birdie on 15 with a bogey on 1.

Stacy Lewis was third at 16 under after a 66. She was born in nearby Toledo.

U.S. Women's Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 had a 69 to finish fourth at 14 under.

Jennifer Kupcho tied for fifth at 11 under after a 71. The former Wake Forest star won the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in April. Linnea Strom (65), Tiffany Joh (67), Caroline Masson (68) and Pavarisa Yoktuan (69) also were 11 under.

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