Lindley Gets First Win in Playoff at Corning


2006 Corning ClassicCORNING, N.Y. --Leta Lindley stared in disbelief when the putt disappeared into the cup, and who could blame her.
Lindleys birdie came on the first hole of a playoff with Jeong Jang in the LPGA Corning Classic on Sunday, her first career victory in her 296th start.
I am just so overwhelmed, said Lindley, who took two years off to give birth to her two children. I cant hardly believe it. Ive been dreaming about this day forever.
Lindley, who lost a two-hole playoff with Chris Johnson at the 1997 McDonalds Championship, won $225,000 to boost her earnings for the year to $332,814.
Jang and Lindley, with her husband caddying, began the final hole of regulation tied at 11 under. Lindley, in the group ahead of Jang, made a two-putt par from the front edge of the green to place the pressure on Jang.
Jangs drive at 18 sailed into the right rough and, blocked by an overhanging branch just ahead, she had to punch her second shot out and it landed in a greenside bunker. With only her right foot in the sand, Jang blasted to 6 1/2 feet and made the par putt to force the playoff.
Jang, who fell to 0-3 in playoffs, drove first on the extra hole, No. 18 again, and this time hooked her tee shot into the left rough. Lindley followed with a drive down the right side and nailed her second shot within easy birdie range.
Jang rallied again with an even better sand shot that set up a tap-in par before Lindley made her winning putt.
Sun Young Yoo (66) and Mi Hyun Kim (66) finished in a tie for third at 10 under.
Meredith Duncan (68) was alone in fifth, one shot ahead of Becky Morgan (67), and Song-Hee Kim (70). Erica Blasberg, tied with Jang for the lead at the start of play Sunday at 7 under, shot 7-over 79 to finish tied for 37th.
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