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Creamer rises to the top

Paula Creamer produced a stroke of genius to win the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday as she sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second play-off hole to beat Azahara Munoz.

Creamer sent the snaking, curling putt across the 18th green and when it dropped she set off leaping across the putting surface to celebrate her first LPGA win since the 2012 US Women's Open.

Creamer and Munoz both finished tied on 10-under for the tournament and they set off into a play-off after Karrie Webb, who had led after all three rounds, blew her chances on the back nine.

Webb let a three-shot lead slip away on the back nine and closed with three bogeys on her last six holes to finish an agonising one-shot behind the leaders.

Creamer had trailed Webb by four at the start of the day but managed to get the job done for a welcome win, after finishing third twice so far this season when trying to end her long wait for another title.

"It's one of those putts where if you just get it in the right spot, it's going to fall down," she said. "But I could stand there all day long and putt that and I don't think get it within six, seven feet."

"This has been such a long time coming."

Webb was left to rue a golden opportunity let slip as she unravelled in the closing stages after leading for so long at the Sentosa Golf Club.

A missed three-footer on 13 and a hooked drive on 15th both cost her a shot, and on 18 it got even worse when she took two shots to get out of a bunker to cost her a place in the play-off.

"I'm a bit in my head right now," Webb said afterwards. "Just not a lot of good decisions."

Spaniard Munoz was five behind Webb at the start but came flying into contention in her final round, and even had a chance to win it with a birdie putt on 18 in regulation, with Creamer already in the clubhouse, but she pulled her effort just wide.