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Eunjung Yi wins Corning classic

Yi hit a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole after losing a six-shot lead over Morgan Pressel.

July 06, 2009|Associated Press

The gallery was going wild. There was no question what had happened.

Eunjung Yi watched from the 17th tee and knew that Morgan Pressel, playing just ahead of her, had holed a lob wedge from 70 yards for eagle that had erased what only a few holes earlier had been a six-shot lead.

Rather than allow herself to be distracted by all of the people cheering for Pressel, Yi shut everything out.

"I didn't think about her," she said. "I thought about my golf."

Yi recovered to roll in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Pressel and win her first LPGA Tour title Sunday at Sylvania, Ohio, in what might be the final Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Yi, 21, from South Korea, finished at 18-under-par 266 to earn the $210,000 first prize -- more than she had earned in her previous 23 LPGA Tour starts combined.

She had missed the cut in four of her seven starts this year, and her biggest previous check was just over $11,000 for a 26th-place tie at the Corona Championship.

Yi closed with an even-par 71 and Pressel had a 67. Michelle Wie had a career-best 64 to tie for third at 16 under, but lost a chance to put extra pressure on the leaders when she misfired while going for the par-five 18th in two and had to settle for a par.

The tournament's contract with its title sponsor, the LPGA Tour and Highland Meadows Golf Club expired after the final round.


French Open

Martin Kaymer of Germany won the French Open, beating Lee Westwood of England in the first hole of a playoff at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Westwood had the round of the day with seven birdies and a bogey for a six-under 65 that forced a playoff at 13-under 271.

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