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Posted : 2009-07-06 10:49
Updated : 2009-07-06 10:49

Yi Eun-jung Wins First LPGA Title

Yi Eun-jung of South Korea blew a six-stroke lead then hit a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Morgan Pressel and captured her first LPGA victory Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Yi, 21, began the day with a four-shot lead. She birded two of the first three holes to go up six shots.

Pressel, chasing her third career victory, pulled even by holing a wedge shot for eagle on the par-5 17th hole.

Yi finished at 18-under 266 to earn the $210,000 first prize. She had missed the cut in four of her seven starts this year on tour and her biggest paycheck was just over $11,000 for finishing tied for 26th at the Corona Championship, according to AP.

Michelle Wie made a back-nine rush to finish at 16-under, tied for third.

Yi closed with an even-par 71 and Pressel had a 67. Wie had a career-best 64 but lost a chance to put extra pressure on the leaders when she misfired while going for the par-5 18th hole in two shots and had to settle for a par.

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