The Washington Post

Ewing’s run of five birdies gives her Queen City title

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Ally Ewing ran off five straight birdies on the back nine Sunday and closed with a 7-under-par 65 to hold off Xiyu Lin and win the Queen City Championsh­ip in the LPGA Tour’s return to Cincinnati.

Ewing now has three career wins, one in each of the past three years, though she came into this tournament without a top-10 finish this year.

The 29-year-old American played bogey-free on a rain-softened course and was pushed to the very end by Lin, who birdied two of her last three holes for a 65.

Maria Fassi of Mexico had a 71 and finished alone in third, her best LPGA finish.

Lin started the final round two shots behind and made up ground quickly with a pair of birdies. Ewing had to make a seven-footer to match birdies with Lin on the par-5 12th and stay tied, and then the American kept going.

Ewing took the lead with an eight-foot birdie on the par-4 13th, made a 10-foot birdie on the next hole, hit a wedge to eight feet for a birdie on the par-5 15th and then made her fifth in a row on the 16th after Lin also had birdied.

Lin made an 18-foot birdie on the 456-yard closing hole into a breeze — only the 20th birdie all week on No. 18 — to create a little extra pressure. Ewing had come up short of the green and elected to use a putter through about five feet of wet fairway grass.

She gave it a good pop, and the putt rolled out to three feet left of the hole. After Lin made her birdie, Ewing calmly rapped in the par to finish at 22-under 266.

The victory came at a good time for Ewing, who last month decided to shorten her putting stroke to find something.

“The key for me is knowing it’s in there,” Ewing said. “The change I made a couple of weeks before Canada . . . this week I saw putts go in. And once I saw them go in, I had confidence.”

• DP WORLD: Shane Lowry tapped in for a birdie at the 18th hole to win the BMW PGA Championsh­ip by one shot.

Rory Mcilroy had an eagle putt to force a playoff at Virginia Water, England, but it came up an inch short. Mcilroy and Jon Rahm finished in a tie for second.

• PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS: Padraig Harrington built a comfortabl­e lead, and even a few mistakes at the end couldn’t keep him from winning the Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis for his third title this year.

Harrington had seven birdies in a closing round of 3-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Y.E. Yang (66).

 ?? PAUL Vernon/associated PRESS ?? American Ally Ewing, here driving on No. 18, got her first top-10 finish of the season and her third career LPGA victory Sunday.
PAUL Vernon/associated PRESS American Ally Ewing, here driving on No. 18, got her first top-10 finish of the season and her third career LPGA victory Sunday.

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