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Yoo and Kim played the 18th again in the playoff, and Kim's drive barely cleared the water, landing in the rough. She left a birdie putt short from the fringe, and Yoo calmly reached the green before burying her winning putt.
Yoo, who joined Grace Park as the only South Korean winners in Kraft Nabisco history, seemed a bit reluctant to celebrate after hugging Kim, but she joined her caddie for a high-energy leap into Poppie's Pond. Yoo surpassed $3 million in career earnings with her $300,000 share of the $2 million purse.
"It's huge. I didn't think about winning today," said Yoo, who began the final round in a five-way tie for fourth. "I didn't want to let myself down, but I think I did better than what I was expecting."
Kim and Yoo shot 69 in the final round.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng finished third at 8 under with a disappointing final-round 73. Even after blowing a Sunday lead at the Kraft Nabisco for the second straight year, the Taiwanese star had a chance to join the playoff on the 18th, but pushed a long birdie putt wide by an inch.
Tseng was one stroke back on the 18th fairway when Kim missed her 1-footer. Tseng realized her opportunity, but barely missed her tying putt, leaving her flat on her back in frustration.
Yet even the world's best player was thinking about Kim afterward.
"I feel so bad for her," Tseng said. "I wish she had made it."
Defending champion Stacy Lewis closed strong with a 66 to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place with Amy Yang and late leaders Karin Sjodin -- who shot a 74 after entering the final round even with Tseng and leading at the turn -- and Hee Kyung Seo, who had a three-stroke lead on the back nine before bogeying her final four holes.
Yoo had never finished higher than seventh in a major, and she began the final round three strokes off the lead. She bounced back from two early bogeys with three birdies in five holes down the stretch, finishing with three straight pars -- and after Kim's historic miss, seized an unlikely opportunity to win.
"I was here by myself," Yoo said. "I just wish my family was here. My phone is still in my golf bag. I can't wait to make some phone calls to my family."
Tseng gave away her share of the final-round lead in the first two holes to Sjodin, who went three strokes ahead with an eagle on the second hole. The winless Swede gave away the lead to Seo with back-to-back bogeys around the turn, but Seo made bogeys on the 15th and 16th, briefly creating a four-way tie with two holes to go.
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