Suzann Pettersen Gets LPGA Win in Korea; Yani Tseng Finishes Third

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIOctober 21, 2012

Suzann Pettersen gets the win at the KEB-HanaBank in Korea
Suzann Pettersen gets the win at the KEB-HanaBank in KoreaChung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Suzann Pettersen definitely did not have her A game on Sunday in the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship, but she dug in and defeated Catriona Matthew in a three-hole playoff.

Pettersen had a five-shot lead heading into the final round.  Matthew fired a five-under-par 67 to catch Suzann, who ballooned to a two-over-par 74.

The two ladies parred the par-5 18th hole twice in the playoff before Pettersen finally made a birdie to collect the win and the first-place check of $270,000.

Yani Tseng, who has been struggling, collected her first top-10 finish since the Sybase Match Play Championship in May.  She has three wins in 2012 and has won over $1.2 million but had not been a factor on the LPGA Tour all summer.

Yani will defend her title next week as the LPGA heads to Taiwan for the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Korean golf legend Se Ri Pak fired a two-under-par 70 to tie Tseng for third.  Pak, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, has 33 professional wins, including five major titles.  She is widely credited for leading the Korean invasion of talented young women golfers that dominate the LPGA Tour today.

Teenage sensation Lexi Thompson also had a good week in Korea.  She shot three consistent rounds of 68-70-70 to tie Sandra Gal for fifth place.