Golfer Kang ties for 3rd at Safeway InternationalKorean golfer Kang Soo-yun, 29, tied for third place with Julie Inkster, shooting an eight-under-par 280 in the Safeway International, which ended Sunday.
Annika Sorenstam beat Lorena Ochoa on the first hole of a playoff round to win her second tournament in two outings this year. This was her fourth straight LPGA Tour and 58th career win.
Both Sorenstam and Ochoa finished the match at an 11 under 277 before going into the playoff. Sorenstam finished the final fourth round at two under by birdieing the 18th hole, while Ochoa stumbled and teed off into the water, ending at two over.
Kang once trailed Ochoa by one shot in the third round and was three shots ahead of Sorenstam, but she hit a 76 in the fourth round and slipped to third place.
Kang’s best finish since her 2001 debut was tying for second at the LPGA Takefuji Classic in 2003, when she had a breakout year with six top-10 finishes.
Among other Korean players, Gloria Park tied for eighth, while amateur Michelle Wie came in 12th. Grace Park withdrew, citing back pain.
On the men’s tour side, K. J. Choi tied in eighth place with a three-under 285 at the PGA Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Florida. Kenny Perry was the winner at a 12-under 276, ahead of Vijay Singh and Graeme McDowell.
by Limb Jae-un