Yoo earns first LPGA win

Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship on May 23.

Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship on May 23.

GLADSTONE, N.J. (USA) — Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory, beating Angela Stanford 3 and 1 on Sunday at Hamilton Farm.

Yoo, the 23-year-old South Korean player in her fifth LPGA Tour season, won the 13th and 14th holes with pars and took a 2-up lead with a 15-foot putt for her first birdie of the match on the par-3 16th.

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Angela Stanford, left, congratulates Sun Young Yoo of South Korea after Yoo's 3 and 1 victory on Sunday, May 23.

The match ended when Stanford missed her birdie putt and conceded Yoo's birdie.

Yoo's victory was the eighth straight by a foreign player and the 25th in the last 26 events. Michelle Wie — in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November — is the lone American winner since Cristie Kerr won the Michelob Ultra Open last May.

In the morning semifinals, the 28th-seeded Yoo beat top-ranked Jiyai Shin 2 and 1, and the 10th-seeded Stanford advanced with a 19-hole victory over Amy Yang.

Yoo, who earned $375,000 from the $1.5 million purse, also beat No. 32 Karen Stupples, No. 5 Kerr, No. 12 Song-Hee Kim and No. 4 Yani Tseng.

Shin won the third-place match, beating Yang 3 and 2.

In the final on a cloudy, muggy afternoon, Yoo won the par-3 third with a par, then halved the next seven holes, with the players both bogeying the par-4 ninth.

Stanford took the lead with birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 — her only birdies of the match — before handing Yoo the 13th with a bogey.

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