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Ueda wins LPGA event in playoff

Momoko Ueda, shown in a 2009 file photo, won the LPGAs Mizuno Classic on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
Momoko Ueda, shown in a 2009 file photo, won the LPGA"s Mizuno Classic on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) | License Photo

SHIMA, Japan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Momoko Ueda defeated Shanshan Feng on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff and won the LPGA's Mizuno Classic in Japan.

Both players had pars on par-4 No. 18 at the end of regular to finish 54 holes at 16-under 200. They returned to 18 for the playoff with each making par two more times, forcing the day's fourth trip to the No. 18 tee.

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On the third playoff hole, Feng's approach ended up 25 feet from the cup and she missed the birdie try. Ueda then made a 15-foot birdie putt to take the championship and winner's share of $180,000.

Feng took second, winning $109,523, after forcing the playoff with a 7-under-par 65 Sunday. Choi Na-Yeon fired an 8-under 64 to jump into third, one stroke off the pace set by Ueda and Feng while Catriona Matthew and Teresa Lu, who each shot a final round of 67, finished tied for fourth at 13-under.

Ueda had four birdies and a bogey in a fourth-round 69. Her second birdie -- at the ninth hole -- came after the drive hit a spectator in the head and bounced into the fairway. Other birdies are at Nos. 5, 10 and 16.

Feng had a bogey-free 65 Sunday, opening with back-to-back birdies, adding two more at Nos. 7 and 8. She had a third back-to-back set at 12 and 13 and tied Ueda with a birdie at 17.

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