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. ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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.

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.