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Lorie Kane wins Legends Tour Championship

Lorie Kane

Courtesy Legends Tour

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Lorie Kane of Charlottetown won the Legends Championship on Sunday, closing with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory over Val Skinner and Laurie Rinker.

Kane, coming off a playoff loss to Rosie Jones two weeks ago in Maine in the Harris Golf Charity Classic, had a 3-under 213 total in the Legends Tour event at French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course.

Skinner had a 73, and Rinker shot 74.  Laura Davies was the lone player under par, shooting 71 to finish fourth.

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Fellow Canadian Gail Graham finished tied for 38th.

Kane and Rinker traded the lead a few times during the final round but found themselves dead-locked at 2-under par as they prepared to tee off on the par-5 18th. Kane's drive found the left side of the fairway while Rinker was not as fortunate, landing in some thich rought at the base of the hill.

Kane put her second shot 45 yards below the pin while Rinker found a deep greenside bunker. Kane's pitch shot was near-perfect, leaving her with a tap-in for birdie while Rinker's must make birdie chip rolled past the cup, giving the Canadian the victory.

"I don't consider myself a legend, but they gave me a place to play," Kane said about the 45-and-over tour. "This will give me the boost my game needed. I am totally honoured to win here. I had the chance to meet Pete Dye, and I really like the golf course. It's fun to play."

The round was played in misty, cold, windy weather after morning rain. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies.

"I'm part-Irish and part-Scottish," said Kane, a four-time LPGA Tour winner who earned $75,000 for the victory. "But that was a tough test of golf, and it was so much fun to win again."

"To win on this course, under these challenging conditions and with so many great competitors from the LPGA in the field, well, it feels pretty good."

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It was Kane's second career win on the Legends Tour

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