Amy Yang breaks through in her homeland
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2013 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship | 20 Oct 2013
24 year old Amy Yang has won her very first LPGA Tour title in a playoff over Seo Hee Kyung at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon west of Seoul.
Yang, who seven years ago won the ANZ Ladies Masters as a 16 year old and spent her high school years at Robina High School on the Gold Coast, has played the LPGA Tour in the last five seasons after two successful seasons in Europe where she won two events.
Yang has been a regular finisher inside the top ten but not often contended for a title. She did finish runner-up at the US Women’s Open in 2012 and has been runner-up on three other occasions.
Yang birdied the final hole to join Seo in the lead and went on to win the playoff.
Michelle Wie, who stormed home with four birdies in her last six holes, finished one shot back of the playoff in a share of third with Kim Sei Young making it a “first four” for golfers of Korean descent.
Australia’s Katherine Hull-Kirk, who shared the 36 hole lead and played in the final group on day three, had nowhere to hide and she stumbled to a round of 80 and finished 32nd.
The LPGA now heads to Chinese Taipei for the 4th of five events in this Asian swing.