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LPGA marathon: Shin tops Creamer on 9th extra hole

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Jiyai Shin needed only 20 minutes Monday to do what she couldn't in eight hours a day earlier.

The South Korean made a two-putt par on the ninth playoff hole, beating Paula Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship and end the longest playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history.

Shin and Creamer played the 18th hole eight times Sunday in an attempt to break the tie before darkness forced a suspension. About 1,000 fans turned out in the next morning to see them go at it again. But after just one more hole, the par-4 16th, the matter was settled.

"We were so hungry for the win," said Shin, who, like Creamer, was seeking her first LPGA Tour victory since 2010.

"I can't believe because I did a hand operation in June and then after that two months I didn't play," Shin said. "So I feel like I take a little bit long time for the win, but I'm really happy it's coming quick."

Creamer hit her 30-foot, double-break, downhill first putt about 5 feet past the hole. She then missed the left-to-right bending comebacker, the ball hitting the right edge and spinning out. Shin's first putt, also breaking left to right, stopped 3 feet from the cup.

Seeing Creamer miss made her short putt all the more intimidating.

"I was really nervous with it. But after, when I make that, I was really happy," Shin said.

The 24-year-old South Korean, who was ranked No. 1 for 16 weeks in 2010, earned $195,000 for the victory.

Creamer, who hasn't won since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, suspected a second hole was going to be necessary.

"I thought I hit a great putt, the first one," she said. "It's so much faster than the putting green. ... I felt good over the next one. It was tough because it was one of those dying ones."

Shin said Creamer is a "great putter" and she was thinking about how she was going to play the par-3 17th.

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