King Captures LPGA Crown

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Betsy King watched defending champion Kelli Kuehne blow a two-stroke lead on the final hole of regulation, then birdied the second playoff hole to win the $800,000 LPGA Corning Classic at New York, Sunday. 

One stroke back to begin Sunday's final round, King thought she squandered any chance at her 33rd career title after bogeying the 16th and 17th holes. 

But Kuehne sliced her drive at the par-4 18th under a tree, pitched out onto the fairway and sent her third shot into the rough to the right of the green. 

She chipped within 12 feet but two-putted for a double-bogey, creating a three-way playoff with King and Vicki-Goetze Ackerman. 

"I am sure that I played a lot better the first time I was here," said King, who won this event in 1991. "I think I shot 66 and 65 on the two final rounds, and I remember that I was in trouble of making the cut at all that time." 

Already the leading money winner in LPGA history, King used the $120,000 first prize to increase her career total to $6.7 million. She also moved into the top 10 on this year's list with more than $280,000 - (AFP)

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