Park wins playoff to capture KPMG Women’s PGA

Lydia Ko surges into contention with strong second round at KPMG

Park Sung-hyun chips on the 16th hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois on Sunday. Nasa Hataoka, who had come out of nowhere with a final-round 64 that included two eagles, had been eliminated on the first playoff hole. Against a playoff and with a memorable shot beside a pond that was reminiscent of fellow South Korean Se Ri Pak's storied shot from the water to force a playoff in 1998 to win the U.S. Women's Open.

After taking a penalty stroke, Ryu put her third shot to the fringe well behind the pin and two-putted from there for her second double bogey of the round.

She simply could not contain her emotions after winning her second major championship - and doing it in such dramatic fashion. Ryu, who won last year's ANA Inspiration and the 2011 US Women's Open, finished with a half dozen birdies.

Birdies on 14 and 15 saw the South Korean create daylight with Canada's Brooke Henderson and she then increased her lead with a birdie on the last in a five under 67.

It has been a troublesome 2018 for the 24-year-old, who set the golf world alight last year to become the first ever LPGA Tour rookie to top the world rankings.




Ko added further bogeys at the 10th, 17th and 18th to offset just the sole birdie over her back nine, at the par-4 16th. Henderson made the par putt to stay at six under for the tournament. "I've been hitting it close and giving myself good looks for birdie". She now sits just two-strokes back of the lead at four-under par heading into the weekend.

The young Japanese rocketed from 26th place into a three-way tie for the lead at 10-under 278 with Park and her compatriot Ryu So Yeon, who led going into the final round at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. I think all the work I've done has paid off today.

Park was four behind Ryu at the start of the day at seven-under. And Park picked up her second straight birdie in the playoff to complete an impressive rally. She had one short putt rim out and another deflect out of the back of the cup in a double-bogey on No. 2.

"After the front nine, I couldn't actually expect to be leading after the third round", she said. "I never really had a chance to get to know her, but on the golf course I know she always wants to play her A-game". Park's putter used to be 34 inches long, but she shortened it to 33 inches.

The playoff resumed about 20 minutes later, and following Ryu's miss, Park drained her putt to clinch the championship.

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