SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 20, 2008 - South Korean Ji Young Oh (66-66-69-69=270, -18) won the 33rd edition of the LPGA State Farm Classic, making a tap-in par putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat rookie Yani Tseng (66-66-66-72=270) and become the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the 2008 LPGA Tour season.
"I am really happy. And a little bit of self pride, because my second year at the LPGA Tour," Oh said. "Today I'm just - I was calm. And I just tried to keep my focus. So, yeah, I'm really happy right now."
Replaying the 18th hole at Panther Creek Country Club, Oh chipped in from behind the green and her ball stopped rolling six inches from the pin for the tap in for victory, while Tseng two putt from five feet. Tseng, who won the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola in June and leads the 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, entered Sunday's finale with a two-stroke lead, but three bogeys on the front nine opened the way for Oh and a flurry of others to take momentary shares of the lead. Although Oh bogeyed the 17th hole to give Tseng a one-shot lead, Tseng bogeyed the 18th hole while playing in the final group, which resulted in the playoff and Oh taking home the $255,000 winner's share of the $1.7 million purse, an increase of $400,000 over last year's LPGA State Farm Classic purse.
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