Ji overcomes elements to win LPGA opener

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea left the mistakes to everyone else down the stretch in the LPGA Tour season opener.

Ji managed a strong wind and temperatures in the 50s on Sunday by making three birdies on the back nine to pull away and close with a 1-under 70, giving her a two-shot victory in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

Ji got her mistakes out of the way early, opening with two bogeys to fall behind Lydia Ko. The 32-year-old South Korean took the lead for good with a birdie on the 10th hole at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons, and she stayed in front the rest of the way.

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Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Eun-Hee Ji $180,000
2 Mirim Lee $147,962
3 Nelly Korda $107,336
4 Moriya Jutanugarn $74,933
5 Shanshan Feng $74,933
6 Brooke Henderson $50,225
7 Stacy Lewis $50,225
8 Lydia Ko $40,100
9 Georgia Hall $36,049
10 Lexi Thompson $31,593
11 Gaby Lopez $31,593
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