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June 25, 2012
WATERLOO, Ontario (GoDuke.com) - Former Duke University standout Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, which was being played at the 6,354-yard, par 71 Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Lang defeated Hee Kyung Seo, Inbee Park and Chella Choi in a four-way, three hole playoff. The 18th hole was played three times with Choi being the first elimination in the playoff. Park’s par in the second go-round led Seo and Lang into a third playoff hole. With similar shots from the sand just off the 18th green, Lang managed to put her ball less than two feet away from the hole. With her third birdie in the playoff, Lang claimed the title of the inaugural event.
Playing together in the final threesome at Grey Silo, Lang, Seo and Park all had a chance to win in regulation, but settled for pars on the finishing hole to set up the playoff. For the week, Lang collected rounds of 69, 65, 67 and 67 for a total of 16-under-par, 268.
A native of McKinney, Texas, Lang marked several milestones in her career with the win. She not only became the first Duke University graduate to win on the LPGA Tour, but also joins Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz and Shanshan Feng as Rolex First-Time winners in 2012. She became the fourth American to post a victory this season along with Angela Stanford, Korda and Stacy Lewis.
“I can’t believe it took me seven years to win a tournament out here,” Lang said. “I hadn’t been that good under pressure and I’m getting better, and I’m so thankful that it happened this week and I’ll only get stronger from here.”
A two-time All-America at Duke in 2004 and 2005, Lang was also the 2004 NGCA National Rookie of the Year. She won six tournaments, had 15 top five finishes, 17 top 10 placements and 20 top 20 finishes in two years. Lang collected 31 rounds of even or under par and notched a career stroke average of 72.04.
Known as one of the most talented golfer’s without a win on Tour, Lang notched the victory after 144 starts with 35 top-10s. With the $195,000 paycheck, Lang’s career earnings jump to $3,454,001.50.