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Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Yoo makes breakthrough



Associated Press

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Sun Young Yoo jumps into the arms of her caddie, Kurt Kowaluk, after beating Angela Stanford in the final.

RICH SCHULTZ | Associated Press

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GLADSTONE, N.J. Sun Young Yoo arrived at stately Hamilton Farm with modest expectations. She left with a breakthrough victory.

The 23-year-old South Korean player won the Sybase Match Play Championship yesterday for her first LPGA Tour title, beating Angela Stanford, 3 and 1, after dispatching top-seeded Jiyai Shin in the morning semifinals.

"My goal was to get past the first two days," Yoo said. "I did a lot better."

And she did it from the toughest quarter of the 64-player draw, beating No. 32 Karen Stupples, No. 5 Cristie Kerr, No. 12 Song-Hee Kim and No. 4 Yani Tseng before finishing off Shin, 2 and 1, and No. 10 Stanford.

"It was tough," said Yoo, seeded 28th. "I tried to be a little more aggressive out there because it's match play. I think it worked out pretty good."

Patiently working her way around the hilly course on a cloudy, muggy afternoon, Yoo won the 13th and 14th holes with pars to take a 1-up lead.

She doubled the advantage on the par-3 16th with her first birdie of the match, holing a 15-footer after Stanford missed her 20-foot birdie try.

The match ended on the par-4 17th when Stanford missed her birdie putt and conceded Yoo's birdie.

PGA TOUR

DAY WINS NELSON; SPIETH FALLS TO 16TH

IRVING, Texas Jason Day nearly dropped out of the Byron Nelson Championship before it began. He wound up winning the tournament even though most folks likely will remember Jordan Spieth as the big winner.

Day fought through a rocky final round for a 2-over 72, but it was good enough to give the 22-year-old Australian the first win of his PGA Tour career.

Still, the 2010 Nelson will go down for the remarkable Tour debut by Spieth, a 16-year-old junior at a local high school.

Spieth was within three shots of the lead on the final nine holes, but dropped back into a tie for 16th. He shot a 2-over 72 in the final round, his highest score of the tournament. His 4-under 276 was six strokes behind Day.

Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, said: "It was awesome ... the entire round, the entire week. Starting the week, I definitely would've taken a top-20, in a heartbeat."

ELSEWHERE

Nationwide Tour: Journeyman golfer John Riegger has been declared the winner of the Rex Hospital Classic at Raleigh, N.C., with a 54-hole total of 20-under 193 when the tournament was called due to rain.

Riegger, 46, started the final round, which was delayed at the start by 3 hours due to heavy morning rains. The tournament was suspended at 1:45 p.m.

Tour director Jim Duncan canceled the final round before the last three groups teed off.

European Tour: Simon Khan won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England, by a stroke, shooting a 5-under 66 to come from seven strokes back and capture a tournament the Englishman played in only after receiving a late invitation.

Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden (67) and Luke Donald of England (71) tied for second at 5-under 279, one shot back of Khan.

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