Pak Collects Fifth Win of Season


South Koreas Se Ri Pak shot a final-round 71 at the Magnolia Grove Golf Club to win the AFLAC Champions by an impressive five shots over Canadian Lorie Kane.
The victory marks Paks fifth win of the 2001 season ' including the Weetabix Womens British Open ' and it is the 13th of her career on the LPGA Tour.
Entering the last day seven shots ahead of the field, the tournament was never really in question for Pak, and after a front nine which saw her rattle in two unanswered birdies, it was all but over.
She did slip slightly down the stretch, with bogeys at the par-4 12th and 15th holes, but came back with a final birdie at No. 16 to close the door.
Pak ended at 16-under-par 272 for the event.
Five back was Kane, who shot 69 to end at 11-under, while fellow South Korean Grace Park closed in 70 to end in solo third at 9-under.
Defending champion and two-time major winner for 2001 Karrie Webb finished in a tie for eighth at 5-under 283.
With five wins on the year, Pak is second only to Annika Sorenstam, who has recorded six thus far and leads the tours money list.
As Sorenstam was not present in this weeks elite field of 40 players, Paks winnings of $122,000 move her to within approximately $215,000 of the Swede.
With just five more events remaining on the LPGA Tours 2001 schedule, the final race should prove exciting.
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