Park Sung-hyun wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 05, 2018,
Jul 05, 2018, 0:31
The PGA of America's accompanying video announcement featured Phil Mickelson, a 2005 PGA victor at Baltusrol, and 2017 Women's PGA victor Danielle Kang.
Hot enough for you, Angel? Ice cream! And for doing such a fun interview, Michael Collins is getting ice cream too! Not a bad way to wrap up a round on her 28th birthday.
How's a Canadian dealing with this mid-west heat so well?
England's Charley Hull (67) and Canada's Brooke Henderson (74) shared sixth place at 6 under, with Jacqui Concolino (67), Lizette Salas (70) and I.K. Kim (71) another stroke back in a tie for eighth.
The KPMG Women's Championship is a collaboration of the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women.
Despite the result, the rising talent was satisfied with her performance and gained confidence from tying two multi-major winners.
Her relief clearly showed as she sobbed into her caddie David Jones' shoulder after the win.
South Korea's Park Sung-hyun won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship following the first three-way play-off in the tournament's 63-year history. Park, who was four strokes behind, shot three birdies for a 69. "I couldn't help that".
The KPMG Women's PGA Championship was the final week to qualify.
The 19-year-old Hataoka is competing in her first event since winning her maiden LPGA title last Sunday at the NW Arkansas Championship. But 2018 hasn't looked like 2017. That's when the doubters got in her ear.
Henderson was second. She bogeyed Nos. Park left zero doubt that she would part of the four-person team with her win on Sunday.
"But at the same time, even speaking in Korean, she's not really talking much".
Park almost took a one-shot lead at the 17th, but her long birdie attempt lipped out. Hataoka eagled a pair of par 5s, the seventh and the 11.
Hataoka posted her 64 and waited almost two hours before Ryu and Park finished regulation.
We'll see how she responds to this finish in the weeks ahead.
Hataoka, who started the fourth round nine shots off the pace, more than made up for her sole bogey of the day with two eagles and five birdies for an impressive 8-under-par 64. But Park chopped the ball out of the tall grass and landed it softly to within a few feet of the hole.
"It was my first time doing that kind of shot", said Park.
It was the par-3 17th hole that caught up with Ryu.
That misstep was Ryu's second double-bogey of the day. She also missed a bogey putt.
And there was to be plenty of drama over the final three holes. She hit a flawless flop to 3-feet and saved par.
Ryu had the right touch on her birdie putts on 14 and 15.
"I feel like I can really depend on my tee shots and my long game", she said. "When So Yeon made her putt. hats off to her". Despite a 75 in round two, Korda was still able to climb the leaderboard on Sunday with a 68 for her fifth top 10 of the year.
Play was suspended due to lightning. That's when a brief shower chased the players inside for about 25 minutes.
"Everything went so well today", Park said in a televised interview before her victory ceremony. "She doesn't back down". Ryu, who won the ANA Inspiration a year ago and the U.S. Women's Open in 2011, has had top three results at all five women's majors. I think that's really good.
She had to fight for it. 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.