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Wie surges to third place in Korea LPGA tournament

By Associated Press


INCHEON, South Korea » Amy Yang birdied the first playoff hole on Sunday to beat South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo and win the KEB HanaBank Championship for her first career title.

Michelle Wie, who started the final round tied for 22nd, surged up the leaderboard with six birdies for the day's lowest score of 66.

Wie finished tied for third at 8-under 208 with defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway (70) and South Korea's Sei Young Kim (69).

Yang sealed the win with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole at the Ocean Course in Incheon.

"I've been waiting for this championship for a long time, and I'm really happy to get it in my home country," said Yang, who has been a member of the tour since 2009. "I still can't believe it."

The 24-year-old Yang began Sunday's final round trailing co-leaders Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden by one stroke. The South Korean stayed near the top for most of the round and surged into a tie for the lead after an eagle at the par-4 15th moved her to 8 under for the tournament.

Yang saved par on the next two holes and birdied the par-5 18th to force a playoff with Seo as both players finished at 9-under 207.

Wie was pleased with the progress of her game.

"I feel like my game is finally coming together slowly," Wie said. "I have just been patient with my game and working hard at it. It's just nice to see that it paid off this week, and hopefully I can finish strong next week."

Simpson cruises

LAS VEGAS » Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season.

Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.

Allen wins in playoff

CONOVER, N.C. » Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Jeong gets first pro win

PERTH, Australia » Former top-ranked amateur Jin Jeong won the Perth International for his first professional victory, beating England's Ross Fisher with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Hend tops in Macau

MACAU » Australia's Scott Hend won the Macau Open for his third Asian Tour victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory.

South African star Ernie Els tied for third at 12 under.

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syhud wrote:
'I feel like my game is finally coming together slowly." Hah, that's what she always say when she places in the top ten in a tournament. Then the next tournament she disappears.
on October 21,2013 | 04:37AM
GoldenDisc wrote:
Regardless of the score, it is terrific that she has more confidence in her strokes. The mental game is a big part of golf. If she continues to work on her strokes, and gains more confidence, even more success will follow. She should enjoy every success and learn from the losses, but not dwell on the them.
on October 21,2013 | 07:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Looks like the American Koreans out played the Korean Koreans.
on October 21,2013 | 07:33AM
kiragirl wrote:
Yep but bottom line is they are Koreans.
on October 21,2013 | 09:25AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Apparently her putting stance isn't the only thing she has changed.
on October 21,2013 | 08:12AM
808noelani wrote:
If Michelle could bring her putting average down to 30 putts or less, she would be in contention more and could have more wins. The most important club in your bag is the putter. It's good to stick it close to the pin, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't make the putt. Jack Nicklaus wasn't a great wedge player but he could make the putt even if it was outside five or ten feet.
on October 21,2013 | 12:36PM
Readitnow wrote:
30? Let's shoot for 20 putts and win all the tournaments!!!! Ha! I think that she will win a lot more tournaments if she can just relax and have fun. Hit the long drive, but not go for the few extra yards. Just keep it on the fairway. Her wedge game is superb. Then, the putts will even out and ... What can I say?!!!
on October 21,2013 | 09:52PM
jussayin wrote:
Yup, it's been the same story for several years now. Too bad the 'golf season' is nearly over. Still don't care for her putting stance although it must have worked in this tournament.
on October 21,2013 | 08:52PM
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