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Y.E. Yang earns first victory on PGA Tour

The Korean golfer wins the Honda Classic by a shot over John Rollins and clinches a spot in next month's Masters.

March 09, 2009|Associated Press

Y.E. Yang was the first to finish at last year's Honda Classic.

This time, he finished first.

Alone in front the whole way Sunday, Yang shot a two-under-par 68 to end up one shot ahead of John Rollins and pick up his first PGA Tour victory.

The Korean took command with three consecutive birdies on the front side at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and wouldn't fold, picking up a two-year exemption and a check for $1,008,000. With the win -- his eighth worldwide -- he qualified for next week's CA Championship at Doral, plus earned an invitation to next month's Masters.

"This win is the biggest of my career," Yang said.

Yang played last year's final round at PGA National by himself, going off first and needing only 1 hour 53 minutes to finish.

He was there until the very end this time, pumping his fist in the air when his 50-footer for birdie stopped a foot away from the cup, securing the victory. He finished at nine-under 271.

Rollins (67) was alone in second and he, like Yang, qualified for the CA Championship by moving into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Ben Crane (68) was third after finishing six under.


South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore for her fourth LPGA Tour title in eight months, shooting her second straight six-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Australia's Katherine Hull.

The 20-year-old Shin, five strokes behind Hull at the start of the round and four back with nine holes to play, had an 11-under 277 total at Tanah Merah and earned $300,000 for her first victory as a member of the LPGA Tour.

Hull finished with a 74. She bogeyed the 10th, dropped two more strokes after driving well left into a flower bed on the par-five 13th, then bogeyed the par-three 14th to fall a stroke behind.

Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and SBS Open winner Angela Stanford (73) tied for third at eight under.

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