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Yani Tseng wins NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — 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.

“I almost cry because today, like in the middle of the round, I felt like, ‘Oh, I’m going to lose today.” Because in my mind, I don’t feel excitement. I don’t make any birdie,” Tseng said. “But I just telling myself, ‘I need to get excited, need more focused, try to stretch, move around, just feel more.’ Like the last three holes, I make some birdies, so that was very important for me.”

During the awards ceremony on the 18th green, Tseng led the large crowd in a chant of “Woo Pig Sooie!” a chant usually heard at Razorbacks football and basketball games.

“This is great,” Tseng said. “I mean, always have a good crowd here and the people are really nice, volunteers and so many great people around here. Very nice to be out here. This year, the weather was perfect, so we were very lucky.”

Tseng and Yang closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.



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