Angel Yin claims first-ever LPGA Shanghai championship for her debut tour victory.


Angel Yin claims first-ever LPGA Shanghai championship for her debut tour victory.

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SHANGHAI – American Solheim Cup participant Angel Yin secured her first LPGA Shanghai title after a playoff victory against top-ranked Lilia Vu on Sunday.

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Both Yin and Vu concluded the tournament tied at 14-under 274 at the Qizhong Garden Golf Club course, leading to a gripping playoff. Yin ultimately clinched the win with a birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, after Vu narrowly missed her 20-foot birdie putt.

For the 25-year-old Yin, the triumph marked a significant milestone in her 159th tour appearance. Following her victory, she warmly embraced compatriot Vu in celebration of her breakthrough performance.

Reflecting on her win, Yin expressed gratitude, stating, “It’s not easy to win. (I’m) just very grateful. Honestly, 18 that bunker where I was in, anything could have happened, but I was very fortunate to have a very good lie and was able to hit a good shot and everything played out the way it played out. It’s been a special week.”

Starting the final round tied with Maja Stark for the lead at 12 under, Yin carded a 70 on Sunday, including three birdies and a solitary bogey on the 6th hole.

Vu, on the other hand, delivered a strong performance with a 4-under 68, marked by six birdies and two bogeys, initially securing the clubhouse lead at 14-under until Yin’s late surge forced the playoff.

Among the other competitors, five players finished tied for third at 13 under, including South Korea’s Choi Hye-jin, Thai pair Pavarisa Yoktuan and Ariya Jutanugarn, Yu Liu, and Esther Henseleit.

Maja Stark, who shared the overnight lead with Yin, encountered a challenging day, finishing with an even par round to tie for 8th at 12-under 276.

Two-time defending champion Danielle Kang of the United States concluded the tournament with a 71, securing a tie for 17th at 9 under.

Additionally, Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., finished in a tie for 26th at 7 under.

The LPGA’s return to China for the first time since 2019 marked the commencement of a four-tournament Asia swing, with subsequent stops scheduled in South Korea, Malaysia, and Japan.

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