Yi downs Pressel in Jamie Farr playoff|
Sylvania, OH (Sports Network) - Eunjung Yi birdied the first playoff hole
Sunday to defeat Morgan Pressel and win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Yi managed just an even-par 71 in the final round and Pressel caught her with
a four-under 67. They ended at 18-under-par 266.
The duo headed back to the 18th hole at Highland Meadows Golf Club and both
found the short grass off the tee. Both players laid up in the fairway, then
Pressel knocked her approach to 25 feet on the fringe.
Yi dropped her third 14 feet below the hole. Pressel missed her birdie putt
left and tapped in for par. Yi ran her 14-footer into the center of the cup
for birdie and her first tour title.
"On 18, I was very nervous," admitted Yi, who earned $210,000 for the win.
The win also gets Yi into next week's U.S. Women's Open.
"I'm in! Good for me," Yi gushed when told she was in the Open.
Song-Hee Kim, who needed to birdie 18 to get into the playoff, three-putted
for bogey at the last to drop into a share of third place at 16-under-par 268.
Kim closed with a two-under 69 to end alongside Michelle Wie (64) and Seon-Hwa
Lee (67). The 64 for Wie was a career-best round on the LPGA Tour.
Yi looked as though she was going to put away the tournament right from the
start. She rolled in back-to-back birdie efforts from the second to move to
20-under, where she led by five strokes.
The Korean parred five in a row from the fourth before tripping to a bogey on
the ninth. Suddenly, Yi's lead was just two after she parred the 10th.
Pressel, who was playing one group ahead of Yi, opened with seven straight
pars. She then drained three consecutive birdie chances to jump to 17-under
and within two of Yi.
However, Pressel fell four back with bogeys on 13 and 14. Her deficit was back
to two after she made a seven-foot birdie putt on 16 and Yi tripped to a bogey
on the same hole.
Pressel, who lost the 2005 U.S. Women's Open when Birdie Kim holed out for
birdie from a bunker on the 72nd hole, nearly stole this title in equally as
The 21-year-old holed out for eagle on the par-five 17th to join Yi in the
lead at minus-18. Pressel two-putted for par on the par-five closing hole,
then waited to see what Yi would do.
"I still can't believe that shot went in on 17," Pressel admitted. "They were
pretty pathetic bogeys. I just had this flare right going in the middle of my
round there and I corrected it the last couple of holes and was able to hang
Yi two-putted for par on the 17th to remain tied for the lead. She had a
lengthy look at birdie on 18, but two-putted for par to force the playoff.
Kim, who was in the final group with Yi, missed a birdie putt from inside 15
feet, then missed the comebacker as well to end in a share of third instead of
making it into the playoff.
Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng both closed with three-under 68s to share
sixth at 15-under-par 269.
Women's world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa also closed with a 68 and was joined in
eighth place at minus-14 by Lindsey Wright (65), Mikaela Parmlid (69) and
Nicole Castrale (67).
InBee Park, who will defend her title at the U.S. Women's Open next week,
ended in a tie for 25th at 10-under-par 274 after a final-round 69.
07/05 19:18:48 ET