Eunjung Yi became the Prudential Rock Solid Performer of the week after winning the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger.
Yi wins Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger
SYLVANIA, Ohio, July 5, 2009 - Eunjung Yi wins the 25th Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, to become the season's third Rolex First-Time Winner. Yi, a 21-year-old out of South Korea, finished the week at 18-under-par 266 (68-66-61-71), and beat out runner-up Morgan Pressel (64-68-67-67=266, -18) in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff.
Yi turned four solid rounds at Highland Meadows Golf Club, and stayed focused on her game the entire time. On Sunday, she wasn't concerned about being up six strokes, then allowing Pressel to catch her and tie it up as the final hole loomed. She was just concerned about her own game.
"I was just focusing on my golf," said Yi. I didn't see today the scoreboard, not at all. I was just hitting my driver shot and then second shot. I was just focusing every shot. That's why I got the win this week. I'm very excited this week."
On Thursday's opening round, Yi was 3-under-par for the day, finishing round one tied for 26th and four strokes back from the day-one leaders. Friday was when the South Korean native, and California resident started to make her move up the leaderboard. After a 5-under-par second round score, Yi was tied for seventh, and only three strokes back. Already enjoying her best two-day start of her career, Yi wasn't done.
On Saturday in round three, Yi recorded a career-low, and almost a new tournament record, 10-under-par 61. This came on a bogey-free, eight-birdie, one-eagle day. Once the final round begun, Yi had a four-stroke lead, but definitely made it exciting coming down the stretch. Yi had no idea she had let the six-stroke lead disappear, and that Pressel has tied it up.
"No. I didn't know that," said Yi. "I was on 17 tee box, because people were yelling, so I thought then that she made eagle."
After bogeying the 16th hole, only her fifth of the week, and Pressel recording an eagle on 17, the score was all tied up. Then, once the two finalists returned to the 18th tee to settle this thing once and for all, the youngster prevailed, and birdied the 18th hole, in a one-hole, sudden-death format over Pressel. The win is her first in her two years of having LPGA Tour membership.
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