Yani Tseng wins NW Arkansas Championship

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ROGERS, Ark. (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th.

Both players closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.

Yang parred the final 11 holes of regulation, holing a 412-foot putt on the 18th to force the playoff. Tseng bogeyed the par-4 13th to drop to 10 under, then rallied with birdies on the par-5 14th and par-4 16th.

Tseng leads the tour with five victories this season, including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open, and also has won three other events this year.

Ai Miyazato (66) was third at 11 under. Cristie Kerr (68) was another stroke back.