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Tseng earns playoff victory

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM
ROGERS, Ark. -

Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th.

Both players closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.

Yang parred the final 11 holes of regulation, holing a 41/2-foot putt on the 18th to force the playoff. Tseng bogeyed the par-4 13th to drop to 10 under, then rallied with birdies on the par-5 14th and par-4 16th — holing an 8-foot putt to tie Yang.

On the 18th in regulation, Yang aggressively went for the green in two shots but hit her approach shot way left of the greenside grandstands before chipping on and saving par. Tseng reached the green in three shots and had a chance to win, but missed a 4-foot birdie putt.

The 22-year-old Tseng leads the tour with five victories this season, including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open.

Ai Miyazato (66) was third at 11 under. Cristie Kerr (68) was another stroke back.

PGA EUROPEAN: Simon Dyson won the KLM Open for the third time in six years, shooting a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over David Lynn.

Dyson, two shots behind leaders Gary Orr and James Kingston entering the round, birdied four of the last seven holes to finish at 12-under 268. Lynn closed with a 68.

Dyson joined Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer as three-time winners in the national championship.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy (67) was third at 10 under.

Dyson also won the Irish Open in July. He has six career European Tour victories.

WALKER CUP: Britain & Ireland regained the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 2003, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory.

The hosts needed 131/2 points to win the title and took an insurmountable lead after 17-year-old Welshman Rhys Pugh won his singles match against U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft 2 and 1 and Steven Brown halved with Blayne Barber.

Paul Cutler than halved with American Patrick Cantlay in the final match of the biennial event between leading amateur players.

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