ROGERS, Ark. — Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th.
"I almost cry because today, like in the middle of the round, I felt like, 'Oh, I'm going to lose today.' Because in my mind, I don't feel excitement. I don't make any birdie," Tseng said. "But I just telling myself, 'I need to get excited, need more focused, try to stretch, move around, just feel more.' Like the last three holes, I make some birdies, so that was very important for me."
During the awards ceremony on the 18th green, Tseng led the large crowd in a chant of "Woo Pig Sooie!" a chant usually heard at Razorbacks football and basketball games.
"This is great," Tseng said. "I mean, always have a good crowd here and the people are really nice, volunteers and so many great people around here. Very nice to be out here."
Tseng and Yang closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.
Yang, winless on the tour, parred the final 11 holes of regulation, holing a 4½-foot putt on the 18th to force the playoff.
Tseng bogeyed the par-4 13th to drop to 10 under, then rallied with birdies on the par-5 14th and par-4 16th, holing an 8-foot putt to tie Yang.
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (69) finished tied for 10th at 7 under, her fifth top-10 finish this season. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse finished tied for 32nd at 2 under, and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson was tied for 38th at 1 under.
WALKER CUP: Britain & Ireland regained the title from the United States for the first time since 2003, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory in Aberdeen, Scotland.
LPGA FUTURES TOUR: Clearwater's Jenny Gleason earned full 2012 LPGA Tour membership by finishing in a tie for seventh at the Price Topper Tour Championship in Albany, N.Y. Gleason, 30, moved up from 11th to ninth on the season-ending money list, with the top 10 getting full LPGA Tour cards.