Ally McDonald knew it would take an incredible effort to steal the lead from a charging Sei Young Kim, who started the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging and Konica Minolta with a five-shot cushion. McDonald came up just short following her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the LPGA Drive On Championship—Reynolds Lake Oconee, finishing solo second after posting a final-round 68.
“Once we got to a point, I just tried to take Sei Young out of it and play a little tournament within the rest of the field. She got out to such a big lead on the last few holes,” said McDonald, who closed in spectacular fashion with her fourth birdie of the day on the final hole. “I'm really happy with how I played, made some great up and downs. That shot on 18, for me, is probably one of the best shots I've ever hit, just under the circumstances and everything. So I'm really pleased. Obviously following a win to get another second and be in contention, that's all I can ask for.”
McDonald said she was impressed with Pelican Golf Club and was thrilled to see the support from its membership throughout the inaugural showing.
“Next year, hopefully when we are back, you just think about the numbers we can generate without a pandemic. I think that is super exciting. I think the golf course with the renovations, having another year to kind of settle in, too, will make it even better,” McDonald said. “A lot of events in Florida are great just because you have potential great weather year-round, so coming back here next year, hopefully no COVID and having spectators out, will be great.”