GREENSBORO, Ga. – Ally McDonald celebrated her 28th birthday with her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 3-under 69 for a one-shot margin over Danielle Kang in the LPGA Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee.

McDonald birdied the first three holes on the back nine and posted a 16-under 272 total.

"I've never doubted my ability, but I've definitely questioned whether I would be able to win out here," McDonald said. "I'm really thankful."

McDonald birdied the first three holes on the back nine, dropped a stroke on No. 14, birdied No. 16, bogeyed No. 17 and parred the par-5 18th. Kang birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to pull within a stroke but bogeyed the 15th.

Kang, at No. 5 in the world, was the top-ranked player in the field.

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