PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Y.E. Yang was first to finish at last year’s Honda Classic.

This time, he finished first.

Alone in front throughout, Yang shot a final round of 2-under 68 Sunday to finish one shot ahead of John Rollins and pick up his first PGA Tour victory.

The Korean took command with three straight birdies on the front side and wouldn’t fold, picking up a two-year exemption and a check for $1,008,000. With the win, he qualified for next week’s CA Championship at Doral, plus earned an invitation to next month’s Masters.

Yang played last year’s final round at PGA National by himself, going off first and needing only 1 hour, 53 minutes to finish.

He was there until the very end this time, pumping his fist in the air when his 50-footer for birdie nestled to a stop a foot away from the cup, giving him a tap-in for victory.

For a guy whose claim to fame was beating Tiger Woods at the 2006 HSBC Champions in Shanghai, it was a moment to savor.

Rollins made birdie at the par-5 18th to get within two shots of Yang, who was one hole behind and in a greenside bunker at the par-3 17th. And when Yang’s 10-footer for par tailed right and stopped short, the lead – four shots earlier in the day – was down to one.

He cringed when his third shot sailed off target at the finishing hole, but coolly two-putted for the win.

Rollins (67) was alone in second and he, like Yang, qualified for the CA Championship by moving into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. Ben Crane (68) was third after finishing 6 under and Jeff Klauk (71, with 17 pars and one bogey) was alone in fourth, another shot back.

There were 25 players who started the final round within six shots of Yang’s lead, and some made early charges.

Robert Allenby started with two birdies in his first three holes and eventually got to 7 under, but never got going on the back side and finished 4 under, tied for fifth with Will MacKenzie (70), Fredrik Jacobson (70) and Scott Piercy (65).

LPGA Tour

SINGAPORE – South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women’s Champions for her fourth LPGA Tour victory in eight months.

Shin shot her second straight 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Australia’s Katherine Hull. The 20-year-old Shin, five strokes behind Hull at the start of the round and four back with nine holes to play, had an 11-under 277 total at Tanah Merah and earned $300,000 for her first victory.

Last year before becoming an LPGA Tour member, Shin won the Women’s British Open and added victories in the Mizuno Classic in Japan and season-ending ADT Championship. She also won seven times on the Korea LPGA and took a Japanese tour event.

Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and SBS Open winner Angela Stanford (73) tied for third at 8 under. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2008 champion coming off her 25th LPGA Tour victory last week in Thailand, shot a 70 to tie for sixth with Jane Park (73) and Sun Young Yoo (73) at 7 under.

Champions Tour

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Eduardo Romero shot a 3-under 68 on to win the Toshiba Classic by one stroke over Joey Sindelar and Mark O’Meara.

Romero finished at 11-under 202 and Romero earned $255,000 for his fifth career Champions Tour victory. Romero made three consecutive birdies to start the back nine, while O’Meara, Denis Watson and Sindelar weren’t able to keep pace.

Sindelar had the best round of the day at 8-under 63.


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