The 17-year-old Kim birdied Nos. 14-16 and 18 for a 2-under 70 to match Huarte (67) at 8-under 208 on the Sunrise Course at Fort Bliss, then outlasted the former California star in the playoff that matched the Futures Tour record of nine holes set in 1990 when Denise Baldwin beat Shelly Rule in Decatur, Ill.
'I had to fight with my mind,' said Kim, relieved that play finished Sunday and didn't interfere with her Monday flight home to South Korea. 'I was a little out of energy, but I was confident in the playoff that I could keep my patience.'
Kim and Huarte played the par-5 ninth and par-4 18th over and over until they finally settled it in fading light on No. 18. Huarte nearly hit her approach into a water hazard, chipped to 10 feet and missed her par try, while Kim two-putted for par from 35 feet to wrap up her second victory in four weeks.
'It came down to who lasted the longest,' Huarte said. 'I shot a great round today just to get into position. It's a good start to the season.'
Kim earned $10,500 to push her tour-leading total to $29,419, with the top five at the end of the year earning LPGA Tour cards. She won the Louisiana Open last month to become the youngest female touring pro to win a pro event in the United States.
'I didn't expect this, especially not this soon,' Kim said. 'I didn't even expect one win. This week, a lot of players did a good job in the wind and hot temperatures, so maybe I had some luck.'
Angela Park shot a 69 to finish a stroke out of the playoff. Paired with Kim in the final group, the 17-year-old high school senior from Torrance, Calif., bogeyed No. 18, missing a 7-foot par try after her 5-iron approach went into the right bunker.
'I'm not happy or sad,' Park said. 'I tried my best. I'm learning from my mistakes. Today is over. ... Song-Hee stays really mellowed out and makes the putts when she needs to make them.'
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