Park beats Ryu, Hataoka in playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA

GRAND RAPIDS MI- JUNE 17 Lee Anne Pace of South Africa hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS MI- JUNE 17 Lee Anne Pace of South Africa hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club

Sung Hyun Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her second major championship on Sunday in Kildeer, Ill.

Park claimed the championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Course in IL on Sunday after beating her compatriot Ryu So-yeon and Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka in a playoff.

An impressive back nine featuring four birdies helped Ryu move from two shots behind Henderson to two shots ahead in the space of three holes.

Park Sung-hyun raised her arms in jubilation and the tears began to fall.

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.

After Ryu banged in a 15-foot birdie from the fringe, Park matched her from nine feet to send the Korean pair to the par-four 16th.

142 - Danielle Kang 73-69, Angel Yin 73-69, Bronte Law (ENG) 72-70, Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) 72-70, Kim Sei-young (KOR) 71-71, Park Hee-young (KOR) 71-71, Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 70-72, Jessica Korda 67-75, Brittany Altomare 67-75. She took a two-stroke lead on the 16th but hit into the water on the par-3 17th en route to a double bogey. Though her ball landed inside the hazard line, Park hit the flawless shot from the hazard to make an up-and-down for a par.

The 24 year old who earned the LPGA's Rookie of the Year award in 2017 after winning the U.S. Women's Open, defeated two rivals in a playoff to capture the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Sunday. The 19-year-old's round was also the best of the day by three strokes and best of the tournament by two. Ryu, who won last year's ANA Inspiration and the 2011 US Women's Open, finished with a half dozen birdies.




"Right now, I feel pretty confident on the putting green, and I think the tournament is all about confidence, then that's the attitude I really want to have for tomorrow, a free mind but confidence".

"Even though it's been a tough year for me, I did really good play this week, " she said.

But Park secured her second major in less than a year with birdies on each of the two play-off holes.

"Everything went so well today", Park said in a televised interview before her victory ceremony.

If not for the playoff, they would have made it.

Prior to the tournament this weekend, Park changed her putter. There was a 20-minute thunderstorm delay before Park and Ryu rolled their final putts.

Ryu, Park and Hataoka went back to the 18th for the first playoff hole.

The two-time major champion from South Korea posted one of the few sub-par rounds in the morning at the Kemper Lakes course.

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