Francella wins Brasil Cup on 6th playoff hole|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Sports Network) - Meaghan Francella birdied the sixth
playoff hole Sunday to down Mariajo Uribe and win the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup.
Francella captured the unofficial 36-hole tournament with a birdie at
Itanhanga Golf Club's par-three 17th, ending the long sudden-death playoff.
Uribe, a 20-year-old rising star from Colombia, only managed a par on the hole
after matching Francella over the previous five.
Both players birdied the par-five 18th hole in regulation to shoot matching
two-under 71s and finish tied at six-under 140, one shot ahead of Candie Kung
The playoff began with Francella and Uribe both making birdies at the 18th --
which alternated with the 17th as the only two holes used for the playoff.
They parred the next three holes -- the 17th, 18th and 17th again -- before
both players hit their second shots to the middle of the 18th green, setting
up matching two-putt birdies on the fifth playoff hole.
Francella sealed the win with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th, collecting
$105,000 of unofficial money.
"I just felt really confident in my game today," said Francella. "I had no
expectations coming over here. Obviously I wanted to win, but I was just
excited to be over here."
First-round leader Maria Hjorth stumbled to a 74 and shared fourth place with
Kristy McPherson, whose 69 matched the best score of the day. They finished at
Hee Young Park (72) ended alone in sixth place at three-under 143, while Ilmi
Chung (73) took seventh at 144.
NOTES: Francella, 28, captured her only LPGA Tour victory at the 2007
MasterCard Classic...Angela Stanford tied McPherson for the best round of the
day at 69, climbing into eighth place at one-under 145...Stanford was the
final player in the 27-woman field to break par...2009 winner Catriona Matthew
tied for 14th place.
05/30 17:31:23 ET