South Korea's Park wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

Heather Diaz
July 5, 2018

A birdie on the 18th hole means South Korea's Ryu So-yeon has a three shot lead over the rest of the field going into the final day at the Women's PGA Championship in Chicago. But Ryu's tee shot on No. 17 went into the water to the left of the green, setting up the three-way tie.

The New Zealander saw her faint hopes of contention disappear after she bogeyed the first two holes, before a slight correction when she birdied the par-3 3rd and par-3 6th.

At the par-4 16th, Park put her tee shot perilously close to the water hazard and almost dunked her second shot into the water as well, with the ball caught in some deep fescue.

"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.

After Hataoka was eliminated on the first playoff hole, Ryu and Park both found the green on the second. It's been a wild year for Park. Park In-bee, the world No.1 in the women's world ranking, missed the cut after shooting five over par in the first two rounds.

With the temperature reaching the mid-30Cs at Kemper Lakes in Ilinois, the 23-year-old mixed two bogeys with four birdies to fire a second-round 70. It was her fourth LPGA title overall after last year's U.S. and Canadian Women's Open crowns. She fired a first round in the 60s in 10 of her 12 starts.

Nasa Hataoka shot a 1-over-par 73 and dropped to 23rd place after Saturday's third round of the Women's PGA Championship. Park also shared the Player of the Year honors with Ryu, becoming the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1979 to win these three individual titles.

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Park Sung-hyun poses with a trophy after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday. "Hopefully tomorrow I can just go out and put a good score together and just kind of see what happens", said Henderson, who will play in a group on Sunday with Ryu and Park.

It is truly and worldwide leaderboard as the top five players represent four countries, Canada, USA, South Korea and England.

Americans Angel Yin (71) and Jessica Korda (69), on seven under finished tied fourth. "I can't still believe what I've done, but I'm really happy".

And then I was able to make a birdie putt after all.

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.

Although she won the LPGA event in Texas in May and tied for ninth in March at the ANA Inspiration, she has missed five cuts, including in the U.S. Women's Open.

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