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Yim surpasses legend on last day

| Monday, April 24, 2006

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Sung Ah Yim picked up her first LPGA Tour victory in the most unlikely way: a final-round collapse by Annika Sorenstam that allowed the 22-year-old South Korean to win by two strokes Sunday.

After three straight rounds in the 60s gave Sorenstam the lead going to the final day of the Florida's Natural Charity Championship, she slumped to a 3-over 75 that left her in a three-way tie for second with Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr.

Yim, in just her second year on the tour, played in the final group with Sorenstam. Amazingly, the part-time university student was the one who held it together at the end, scrambling for a 72. She got up and down from the fringe on three straight holes before knocking in a short birdie putt at the par-5 18th to finish at 16-under 272.

PGA Tour

In Humble, Texas, Stuart Appleby shot a 5-under 67 to cap a wire-to-wire victory in the Shell Houston Open and join Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only two-time winners on the PGA Tour this year.

Appleby, also the 1999 winner in Houston, finished at 19-under 269 on the new Tournament Course at Redstone, six shots ahead of Bob Estes. Appleby matched the tournament record for margin of victory and was the first player in the event's 60-year history to lead from the opening round to the end.

Appleby, who turns 35 on May 1, earned $990,000 for his eighth tour win and has two victories in the same year for the first time in his career.

Champions Tour

In Savannah, Ga., Jay Haas had an eagle and three birdies on the back nine to pull away from Peter Jacobsen and Craig Stadler in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Haas, the Champions Tour rookie of the year in 2005, shot a 5-under 67 for a three-round total of 15-under 201 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Jacobsen (67) and Stadler (70) tied for second at 10 under, and Hale Irwin (68) was another stroke back.

European/Asian tours

In Shanghai, China, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the BMW Asian Open, beating Sweden's Henrik Stenson with a short birdie putt on the first playoff hole.

The 25-year-old Fernandez-Castano closed with a 2-under 70 to match Stenson (71) at 7-under 281 on the Tomson Shanghai Pudong course.

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