Yoshida triumphs in playoff for Samantha Thavasa Ladies title

The 26-year-old began the final round five shots off the pace


Yumiko Yoshida produced her second win of the season after forcing a playoff with overnight leader Junko Omote at the Samantha Thavasa Ladies on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Yoshida started the final round in second place five shots off the pace, but caught up to Omote with a bogey-free 67 at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Yoshida birdied the second playoff hole to edge Omote, who shot a 72, for her third career victory.

“You never know how a playoff will end,” Yoshida said. “I tried to take it one shot at a time, and things turned out as well as they possibly could.”

“I want to give myself a pat on the back.”