KONAN, Kochi Pref. – South Korea’s Shin Ji Yai beat overnight leader Sakura Yokomine in a playoff Sunday to win the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup in her debut on the Japan LPGA tour. Shin, the South Korean tour’s money title winner the past two years, birdied the fourth extra hole to seal the victory after both players finished the regulation 54 holes tied on 4-under-par 212 at Tosa Country Club. Shin shot a 73 in the final round, but capitalized on a double-bogey by Yokomine on the final hole that sent the tournament into a playoff. Yokomine had a 74 on a day when only five players broke par in steady rain and high winds. “I can’t believe it and it must be a dream,” said Shin. “I hit out of bounds for the first time in about five years. Then I grew so nervous in the playoff that I felt like my body got extremely cold.” The 19-year-old was referring to her double-bogey on the 16th after she pulled her drive out of bounds, giving Yokomine a two-stroke advantage going into the final two holes. In the decisive playoff hole, Shin found the cup from roughly 30 feet after Yokomine missed her own birdie attempt.
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