LPGA Angela Stanford Feb. 26, 2012

Katie Futcher of the U.S., left, Katherine Hull of Australia, behind Futcher with black cap, and Kristy McPherson of the U.S., third from left, splash beer over fellow golfer Angela Stanford of the U.S., right in blue shirt, after Stanford won the LPGA Tour's HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday in Singapore.

Associated Press photo by Joseph McNair

SINGAPORE — Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women's Champions on the third playoff hole today, her first LPGA Tour victory since 2009.

 The 34-year-old Texan parred the last playoff hole, beating South Koreans Jenny Shin and Na Yeon Choi and China's Shanshan Feng.

 "It's a big deal," said Stanford, whose five career LPGA victories include the 2003 ShopRite Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. "I'm just thinking about home and everybody there."

Stanford, who earned $210,000 for the victory, trailed Shin by a shot after the 17th when play was delayed about 90 minutes because of lightning. When play resumed, Shin hit her tee shot out of bounds, leading to a double bogey. Stanford bogeyed No. 18 to fall into a four-way tie at 10-under 278.

 "I felt for her (Shin) because we've all been in that position," said Stanford, who shot a 1-under 71 in the final round. "I didn't think I'd be there at the end. I was all over the map today."

The 19-year-old Shin turned professional in 2010 and has competed in 18 LPGA tournaments. She said her inexperience may have led to jitters at the 18th.

"The tee shot on the 18th hole really threw me off," Shin said. "The playoff wasn't that bad. I wasn't as nervous as I was on the 18th."

Top-ranked Yani Tseng finished fifth, one shot behind after 72 holes. Michelle Wie had another disappointing round with a 75 and trailed the leaders by 32 shots. Wie finished next to last, ahead of only Singapore amateur Sock Hwee Koh.

Tseng began the third round at 1 under. But a 5-under 67 on Saturday and a 4-under 32 on the first nine holes today put her in a brief tie for the lead with Shin. A double bogey on 10 and another bogey on 14 pushed her back down the leaderboard.

Tseng had seven LPGA Tour victories last year and started this year with a win at last week's LPGA Thailand. She has yet to win the HSBC Women's Champions since it started in 2008.

 "I'm kind of upset," Tseng said. "I feel disappointed because I didn't win this tournament. I was very close this year. I played great front nine, but hopefully next year I won't be disappointed."

 Stanford started the day tied for the lead with Shin and Katie Futcher, who faltered today with five bogeys for a 76 and finished tied for 11th.

 Karrie Webb, who won last year in Singapore, shot a 70 to finish nine shots off the lead.

 The tournament featured a field of 63 golfers, including 18 of the 20 top-ranked players when play started Thursday. Paula Creamer, the No. 5-ranked player, withdrew after the second round for family reasons.


Purse: $1.4 million

Yardage: 6,547; Par: 72
x-won on third playoff hole
x-Angela Stanford, $210,000 66-70-71-71—278
Na Yeon Choi, $102,564 68-71-71-68—278
Shanshan Feng, $102,564 69-71-69-69—278
Jenny Shin, $102,564 69-67-71-71—278
Yani Tseng, $60,780 71-72-67-69—279
Ai Miyazato, $45,677 69-70-73-69—281
I.K. Kim, $45,677 68-72-71-70—281
Vicky Hurst, $33,030 69-73-71-69—282
Hee Young Park, $33,030 71-68-73-70—282
Jiyai Shin, $33,030 70-70-70-72—282
So Yeon Ryu, $26,705 68-73-71-71—283
Katie Futcher, $26,705 69-67-71-76—283
Momoko Ueda, $23,427 68-75-72-69—284
Sun Young Yoo, $23,427 70-70-73-71—284
Karen Stupples, $20,235 72-72-72-69—285
Sandra Gal, $20,235 72-71-71-71—285
Ji-Hee Lee, $20,235 71-69-73-72—285
Julieta Granada, $16,376 70-73-74-69—286
Chella Choi, $16,376 72-70-74-70—286
Catriona Matthew, $16,376 74-70-72-70—286
Se Ri Pak, $16,376 72-72-72-70—286
Amy Yang, $16,376 68-75-73-70—286
Stacy Lewis, $16,376 71-75-68-72—286
Azahara Munoz, $16,376 70-70-74-72—286
Suzann Pettersen, $13,040 73-69-78-67—287
Morgan Pressel, $13,040 74-72-71-70—287
Karrie Webb, $13,040 72-72-73-70—287
Maria Hjorth, $13,040 73-74-69-71—287
Inbee Park, $13,040 70-72-72-73—287
Kristy McPherson, $11,567 69-75-73-71—288
Amanda Blumenherst, $10,461 73-74-72-70—289
Jimin Kang, $10,461 71-75-71-72—289
Brittany Lang, $10,461 72-70-73-74—289
Anna Nordqvist, $10,461 71-72-71-75—289
Cristie Kerr, $8,878 69-74-77-70—290
Meena Lee, $8,878 72-74-73-71—290
Amy Hung, $8,878 72-74-70-74—290
Mika Miyazato, $8,878 72-70-71-77—290
Brittany Lincicome, $7,662 71-74-76-70—291
Natalie Gulbis, $7,662 78-71-71-71—291
Candie Kung, $7,662 74-74-72-71—291
Beatriz Recari, $6,925 74-73-71-74—292
Sophie Gustafson, $6,925 72-72-73-75—292
Christel Boeljon, $6,483 73-75-72-73—293
Melissa Reid, $6,262 75-72-74-73—294
Katherine Hull, $6,041 74-72-77-72—295
Ryann O'Toole, $5,599 74-79-71-72—296
Pornanong Phatlum, $5,599 71-75-78-72—296
Hee-Won Han, $5,599 70-76-75-75—296
Hee Kyung Seo, $5,083 74-76-73-74—297
Wendy Ward, $5,083 74-72-75-76—297
Mindy Kim, $4,862 73-77-75-73—298
Laura Davies, $4,714 72-72-75-80—299
Eun-Hee Ji, $4,568 72-77-77-74—300
Tiffany Joh, $4,420 79-71-75-76—301
Paige Mackenzie, $4,272 77-76-75-75—303
Christina Kim, $4,126 81-81-71-71—304
Mina Harigae, $3,978 77-76-77-78—308
Michelle Wie, $3,832 79-81-75-75—310
a-Sock Hwee Koh 82-86-78-79—325


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