In an almost exact remake of the first Major tournament of the season, American Angel Yin takes revenge on her compatriot and world number 1, Lilia Vu, and wins the Buick LPGA Shanghai. Her very first career title on the LPGA, in her country of origin.
Sunday afternoon, on the 18th green, American player Angel Yin has a meeting with her destiny. A 4-meter birdie putt could give him his first career LPGA title.
Angel Yin, results
At 25, the Chinese-American player has waited for this moment almost her entire career.
After 22 top 10s on the circuit (a record without the slightest victory), two top 10s in Majors including a defeat in the play-off during the first Major tournament of the season... redemption is at the end of his club. On the first hole of sudden death against the patron saint of world golf Lilia Vu, the 35th player in the world writes her story.
6 months after her significant defeat in an almost identical scenario at the Chevron Championship against Lilia Vu, Angel Yin this time was able to rely on the support of a crowd totally committed to her cause to sign a saving birdie.
For her 159th start in the American elite, Angel Yin started the last lap in the lead alongside Swede Maja Stark, leader since the first day. 16 players stood in four shots on an unbreathable Sunday. With two holes to go, 6 of them were even tied for the tournament lead at -13.
From a birdie on the 17th en route to a 68 (-4) on Sunday, world number 1 Lilia Vu seemed ideally suited to come and put everyone in agreement. But in line with a rather successful Solheim Cup despite the defeat of Team USA, Angel Yin, who fell to Céline Boutier in singles, held on to also respond with a birdie on the 17th.
Her 70 (-2) on Sunday gave her also made it possible to reach the -14 total necessary to go into the play-off, before winning at the first opportunity. This week in China, each turn of the Frenchwoman Perrine Delacour was like a perpetual restart.
Still 3 birdies on the scorecard, but also between 2 and 4 errors. There are even two 73s (+1) on the weekend to end it. Insufficient to take off beyond the top 60 in China. The Frenchwoman finished 58th at +1 total, and will now turn to the next event, in South Korea next week for the BMW Ladies Championship.