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Lang notches first professional win

Former Blue Devil Brittany Lang won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is the first Duke graduate to win on the LPGA Tour, according to a Go Duke press release.

In a four-way, three hole playoff, Lang defeated other competitors Chella Choi, Inbee Park and Hee Kyung Seo. They played the 18th hole three times, leading to a showdown between Seo and Lang in a third playoff hole. The former Blue Devil took the title of the event with her third birdie in the playoff.

“I can’t believe it took me seven years to win a tournament out here,” Lang said in the release. “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.”

Lang, who was the 2004 NGCA National Rookie of the year, was also a two-time All-America at Duke in 2004 and 2005. She won six tournaments, had 15 top five finishes, 17 top 10 placements and 20 top 20 finishes in two years. With a career stroke average of 72.04, she collected 31 rounds of even or under par.

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, the release said. Her career earnings now total $3,454,001.50, after her $195,000 paycheck from the Tour.

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