SHIMA, Japan - Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea birdied the fifth hole of a three-way playoff Sunday to win the Mizuno Classic for her first LPGA title.
Lee sank a birdie putt to beat compatriot Ilhee Lee and Japan's Kotono Kozuma. She shot 69 in regulation to finish tied at 11-under 205 with Ilhee Lee (70) and Kozuma, who also had a 69 in the final round.
''It was my first playoff ever so before I started the playoff I was a little nervous,'' said Lee, who made her LPGA debut in 2012. ''I just kept playing and made pars and birdies and the other players played really good. It was exciting when I made the last putt.''
The trio pared the first two playoff holes before an exciting third playoff hole where all three players made long birdie putts with the shortest being Mi Hyang Lee's at 25 feet to keep the three-person playoff rolling.
The group exchanged pars again on the 4th playoff hole before Lee tapped in for the win and the $180,000 winner's prize.
Prior to Sunday, Lee had only had three top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place finish at the Reignwood LPGA Classic last month in Beijing.
Laura Davies, who held a share of the lead after the second round and was bidding to become the oldest winner in LPGA history at 51, had a 71 to finish one stroke back of the leaders.