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Beatriz Recari

It was LPGA Tour win No. 2 for Beatriz Recari on Sunday at the Kia Classic - but not before a playoff against I.K. Kim. Recari and Kim tied after 72 holes at 9-under 279, but then Bea won it on the second playoff hole with a long birdie putt.

Recari's previous LPGA victory was at the 2010 CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge, and she also won in 2009 on the Ladies European Tour. But don't let that 3-year gap in wins fool you: Recari is better now than she was in 2010. She's improved her scoring average every year, and went into the Kia 12th in LPGA scoring so far in 2013. She's also been very solid on the money list, finishing 2012 at No. 39. Entering the Kia, Bea was No. 6 in LPGA money in 2013. That's because she opened the season with fourth- and third-place showings in the first two events.

And now, of course, she has added a victory.

The win also puts Recari squarely in the mix for a spot on the European Solheim Cup team. So it was a pretty good Sunday for Beatriz.

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