Yoo bests Kim in Kraft Nabisco playoff

April 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 1 (UPI) -- Sun Young Yoo rolled in a birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday, overcoming I.K. Kim for a victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Kim had a golden opportunity to claim her first career LPGA win on the final hole of regulation, but blew a 1-foot par putt, forcing a playoff.

The players returned to the 18th for the extra hole, and Yoo drained a 12-foot birdie putt. Kim couldn't respond, missing a 25-foot birdie effort and handing Yoo her first major championship.

She finished the round with a 3-under-par 69, ending tied with Kim (who also fired a 69) at 9-under 279 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, who was the co-leader after three rounds, managed a 1-over 73, finishing with sole possession of third place at minus-8.

Defending champ Stacy Lewis carded a 6-under 66, ending in a fourth-place tie with Karin Sjodin (74), Amy Yang (69) and Hee Kyung Seo (71) one shot further back.

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