Pak wins her fifth Jamie Farr Classic title

Jul 16, 2007 - 1:02 AM SYLVANIA, Ohio (Ticker) -- Se Ri Pak put herself in exclusive company on Sunday.

Pak carded a 4-under-par 67 to post a three-shot victory at the $1.3 million Jamie Farr Classic. With the win, Pak becomes just the third player to win an LPGA event five times, joining Annika Sorenstam and Mickey Wright.

At 17-under 267, Pak finished three shots ahead of Morgan Pressel, who finished at 14-under after a 68.

"First, winning is always great, that's always been perfect," Pak said. "You just want to win the tournament. Second thing, to make history. I think that's pretty special. I'm very grateful."

Pak led by one heading to the 18th, but Pressel pulled her drive left into the gallery which led to a bogey. Pak split the fairway with a 3-wood and birdied the hole to clinch the win and claim the first prize of $195,000.

Pak finished with six birdies, including three in her final four holes to claim her 24th career tournament title.

Pressel did not make things easy for Pak. The 19-year-old fired a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth but Pak answered with an 18-foot birdie of her own that helped her overcome a pair of early bogeys.

"As soon as she makes ace, actually it woke me right away, too," Pak said. "I wanted to win this event so badly. I played so well the last three days, too, and then, you know, she got an ace and I get birdie. That's pretty good, especially the ace. and then after that, I felt really great."

Pak again answered a Pressel challenge at 17. Pressel lofted a lob wedge to two feet to set up an easy birdie but Pak made one of her own - a nine-footer - to maintain a one-shot advantage heading to 18.

"She is a tremendous player, and it was great to watch her battle it out and hang in there today and pull it out," Pressel said. "There is a reason why she is in the Hall of Fame."

Laura Diaz (69), Laura Davies (69), Wendy Ward (68) and Carri Wood (69) tied for third at 8-under.

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