Park Sung-hyun wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

Park Sung-hyun wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

Javier Howell
July 5, 2018

Hataoka carded three birdies and four bogeys at Kemper Lakes Golf Club to land in a three-way tie at a 2-under 214 total, nine shots behind leader Ryu So-yeon of South Korea.

Park and Ryu birdied the first extra hole to eliminate Hataoka, who had threatened to steal a stunning victory when she came from nine strokes behind with a closing eight-under-par 64. She grabbed two titles, including her first major at the U.S. Women's Open, en route to sweeping the money title and the Rookie of the Year award.

Ryu ended a almost year-long victory drought when she won the Meijer Classic two weeks ago, a result she achieved after a change in attitude.

Further down the leaderboard, two-time major champion Lydia Ko shot a second-round 66 but saw her hopes of contending falter when she followed that up with a 73 and final-day 76, ultimately finishing up tied for 31st.

"I did feel nerves going [into the playoff], but on the other hand, I haven't won a major yet, so I felt like I had nothing to lose", Hataoka said.

"It's been a tough year for me with five missed cuts".

The former world number one, back in form after a spell in the doldrums, joined South Korean compatriot Park Sung-hyun (72) and Canadian Brooke Henderson (71) at six-under 138 at Kemper Lakes in Kildeer, Illinois.

After clinching her second career LPGA major title, South Korean star Park Sung-hyun "couldn't help" herself, as the usually stoic golfer displayed a rare outpouring of emotion.

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The birdie-birdie finish made it five for Park on the day after a bogey-free round that included a remarkable par save at No. 16, where she chipped out of tall grass at the edge of the water to about 3 feet. Park made a brilliant par save on 16.

The back-to-back birdies by Ryu and two late bogeys by Henderson turned things in a hurry.

"I was really playing like myself. I think I lack that sense of tension".

Ryu was sporting in defeat, congratulating her opponent and insisting "one day I want to lift that trophy".

From the awkward stance, Park chopped one out of the fescue and the ball landed softly to within a few feet of the cup.

Her only blemish was a bogey on the par-three third hole.

Henderson was second at 8-under 208. Today, I kind of struggled a little bit with my putter, which is disappointing, but I think just kind of get better in my head and just go out tomorrow and make a lot of good shots and see if I can make some birdies.

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