RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Dottie Mochrie birdied No. 18 and drew into a tie with pacesetter Juli Inkster, then won the LPGA's first major event of the year yesterday, the Dinah Shore, with a par on the first playoff hole, as Inkster bogeyed.
Mochrie, who shot a closing 69 to finish at 9-under-par 279 for the $700,000 tournament, sank a 4-foot putt on the final hole of regulation to draw even with Inkster, the two-time Dinah Shore champion who this time led the final day until the 18th hole.
Inkster cost herself a third Dinah Shore title when she left her 5-foot try for birdie on No. 18 just on the lip of the cup.