Date: May 26, 2008

Hull, Rawson claim T15 finishes

American Leta Lindley claimed her first LPGA title on Sunday with the decisive birdie in a sudden-death play-off at the Corning Classic. Australian Katherine Hull dropped out of contention with a one-over-par 73 to finish in a tie for 11th place on five-under after beginning the final day tied for second. She was the best of the Australians, ahead of Anna Rawson, whose final round of 70 allowed her to finish 15th. Lindley shot a six-birdie final-round 67 to tie with South Korea&aposs Jeong Jang (68) – winner of the 2005 Women&aposs Open at Birkdale – on 11-under par. The Florida-based 36-year-old claimed the first prize with an eight-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole. “It feels great to win at last – it&aposs been a long time,” said Lindley, whose previous best in 13 years on Tour was a tie for second in the 1999 Myrtle Beach Classic. Since then she has twice given birth. “You do wonder if you are ever going to get the win.” Lindley started the final round a shot behind Jang and American Erica Blasberg, and took the lead outright for the first time with a birdie at the 16th. But Jang, in the group behind, drew level with a birdie at the 17th to send the contest into a play-off. Two South Koreans, veteran eight-time winner Mi Hyun Kim and youngster Sun Young Yoo, shared the best round of the day with 66s to finish joint third on 10-under.