Beatriz Recari had three-putted No. 18 in regulation and again on the first hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim as dusk approached Sunday.
Here she was again, with a chance to win the Kia Classic.
This one was true enough that Recari began her victory celebration even before her 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe rolled into the cup.
The 25-year-old from Pamplona, Spain, raised her right fist and, after the ball rolled in, raised both arms in the air and smiled.
She later put her hands to her face and wiped away tears as her caddie boyfriend, Andreas Thorp, put his arm around her.
''There was a lot going on,'' Recari said. ''I had a good feeling, but the same as the other putts. The other ones went by and missed the hole. This one went in. I had the same process and the same shot. Nothing different. I'm always trying to do my best. It just dropped in.''
It was her first LPGA Tour victory since her rookie season of 2010.
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