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Shin wins three-way playoff

SHIN Ji-yai shot a seven-under 64, then beat Angela Stanford and Yoo Sun-young on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas, on Sunday.

Shin trailed by seven strokes at the beginning of the day but rallied to win her third LPGA Tour event of the year. The South Korean made a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 15, the second playoff hole, to win the tournament. Stanford had just missed a longer putt for birdie.

"I'm lucky this year," she said. "I'm just focused on the rookie of the year, but now I still have a chance for the player of the year."

The three players finished at nine-under 204.

Shin posted her final-round score around 12:30pm, then had to wait about two hours for everyone else to finish. Compatriot Yoo birdied No. 18 to tie for the lead, and Stanford qualified for the playoff with an 18th-hole eagle.

The three played No. 18 again to start the playoff, and they all made birdies. On the next hole, Yoo's tee shot ended up on the fringe, and she then chipped close to the hole. American Stanford missed her birdie putt - on a similar line to the one Shin would putt along.

Shin is the first person to win three times on the tour in 2009. She's a tour rookie, although she won the Women's British Open last year.

About an hour after Shin finished her round, Ahn Shi-hyun reached the green in two shots on the par-five 18th. She then three-putted to finish at eight-under.


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