Date: June 23, 2008

Ji glee at maiden win

Eun-Hee Ji captured her first career title on the LPGA Tour at the Wegmans, carding a five-under-par 67 to edge Suzann Pettersen. South Korean Ji fired seven birdies and two bogeys en route to finishing the tournament at 16-under 272, two strokes ahead of Pettersen. Pettersen came into the final round with a three-shot lead, but was overtaken by Ji down the stretch to remain without a title this season. While world No.3 Pettersen had three bogeys over her final six holes to finish at even-par 72, Ji came on with four birdies on the back nine, and nearly ended with another after a long putt on the 18th. Pettersen was still one shot ahead with four holes to play, but the short 15th proved to be the turning point as Ji made a birdie and the Norwegian missed the green on the way to a four for a two-shot swing. Meanwhile, England&aposs Rebecca Hudson claimed a sudden-death play-off victory with a birdie at the third extra hole against Anne-Lise Caudal from France to win the Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf Costa Adeje. Hudson, 29, began the final round one shot behind Caudal and posted a final-round 69 in regulation play to finish on 10-under-par 278 in total. Caudal, who won the previous week&aposs tournament in Portugal, was a shot ahead with one hole to play, but bogeyed the par-five 18th after hitting her second shot into a greenside bunker, from where she took four shots to get down. She signed for a final round 70. Both players birdied the 472-yard 18th hole at the first extra time of asking Hudson rolled in a 12-footer for birdie while Caudal replied by holing hers from four feet. They both made pars on the 18th at the second extra hole, both players just missing their birdie chances. After Caudal took four at the third extra hole, the 377-yard par-four 17th, Hudson sank her three foot birdie putt claiming her second individual Ladies European Tour title. It was her first LET victory since the 2006 OTP Bank Ladies European Open in Hungary, although she also won the European Cup in Spain in April, which was a team event. “I didn&apost expect Anne-Lise to bogey the last in regulation play so to actually get into the play-off and then win it, I&aposm thrilled,” said Hudson, who is playing in her sixth season on the LET. “I did not expect her to make any mistakes. Making a five on that hole is a bit like a dropped shot because it is quite a short par five but it was playing into the wind today. It was difficult so I didn&apost expect her to make a six. When she did it was a bit of a shock but I managed to hole that 12 footer on the first way round and that was crucial. Pressure or however the situation is took its toll and what happened, happened. I&aposll definitely have a nice bottle of something tonight.”