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Amy Yang wins Ladies German Open

South Korean teenager Amy Yang shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Ladies German Open by four strokes, and Michelle Wie had a solid final round to finish sixth.

The 18-year-old Yang, who lives in Orlando, Fla., had a course-record 63 on Saturday and finished with a 21-under 267 total for her first victory as a professional. Sweden’s Louise Stahle was second at 17 under, and Gwladys Nocera of France was another stroke back in third.

It was not the first pro title for Yang, who beat Karrie Webb in a playoff in February 2006 at the Ladies Masters in Australia as a 16-year-old. Yang took second place last week to Suzann Pettersen at the Swiss Open.

Wie had a last-round 67 to finish 14 under, the first time since the Evian Masters in July 2006 that she completed a tournament under par—a streak of 13 events that included seven missed cuts. She finished tied for second at that Evian Masters.

“It’s been a really long time since I shot that score,” Wie said. “So now I know what it feels like and can put it in the memory bank. And I feel like I can go lower.”

Wie started the fourth round by chipping in for an eagle on the first hole. She added birdies on the third and seventh holes, then bogeyed the ninth before finishing with birdies on 17 and 18.

Wie, who came into the tournament ranked 172nd, next will play a U.S. Open qualifier.

“I feel a lot more confident about my game,” Wie said. “With that being said, a person’s greed is always wanting something more. I’m very happy with my score, but at the same time, I could have done better.”

June 2, 2008




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