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Madison Pressel wins Symetra Tour event

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm •  Published: June 15, 2014

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Madison Pressel won the windy Decatur-Forsyth Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, beating Ashley Tait with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

The 22-year-old Pressel, LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel's younger sister, finished with an even-par 72 in wind gusting over 35 mph to match playing partner Tait at 6-under 210 at Hickory Point.

"There are really no words to explain this, I just plugged along today and I've had definitely one of the best weekends I've had playing on tour," said Pressel, a former University of Texas player. "This is probably the best I've played since my junior year of college. So, to be able to play like this and come away with a win is going to be huge for me for the rest of the season."

Tait blew a late four-stroke lead. She bogeyed the par-4 15th and had a double bogey on the par-3 17th. Pressel birdied the 17th for a three-shot swing.

"I fortunately have seen this situation unfold before," Pressel said. "I've watched Morgan play many match play events and I've seen how quickly things can turn around and I just continued to play my game. I didn't worry about what anyone I was playing with was doing and if I made some birdies, I made some birdies."

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