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Amy Yang wins Tour Championship; Lilia Vu captures POY honors

Field Level Media
20 Nov 2023, 07:19 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Amy Yang of South Korea posted a 6-under 66 in her final round to win the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday in Naples, Fla.

Yang, 34, had not won on the LPGA Tour since February 2019 and missed significant time with a tennis elbow injury that happened while rock climbing. Her victory earned a $2 million first prize, the largest on tour.

Yang shot 27-under 261 for the week at Tiburon Golf Club to outpace Alison Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka by three strokes. Lee also shot 66 on Sunday and Hataoka settled for a 69.

Lilia Vu finished a distant fourth at 21 under, but her final-round 65 was enough for her to secure the Rolex Player of the Year Award. Vu, who also owns the No. 1 world ranking, won four tournaments this year, including two major championships.

The highlight of Yang's round was an eagle 2 from the fairway at the par-4 13th hole. That brought her to 25 under for the tournament, where she was safe from the rest of the field before finishing with two of her five birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand shot a bogey-free 66 and finished fifth at 20 under. Ruoning Yin (69) and Xiyu Lin (70), both of China, tied for sixth at 19 under. Nelly Korda (68) and Australia's Minjee Lee (70) tied for eighth at 18 under.

--Field Level Media

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