Park wins playoff to capture KPMG Women’s PGA

Kristopher Nichols
July 5, 2018

In this EPA photo, Park Sung-hyun of South Korea cries after sinking the clinching putt on the second playoff hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Course in Kildeer, Illinois, on July 1, 2018.

"KPMG's commitment to elevating women on and off the golf course is exemplified by the selection of Baltusrol Golf Club as the host of the 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship", said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO.

Japanese teen Nasa Hataoka, after shooting an 8-under 64 to post at 10 under, dropped out of the playoff with a par on the par-4 18th.

Henderson pulled away with four birdies over her first 11 holes and extended her lead to two ahead of Ryu. Park's 69 included a string of nine straight pars at one point. Ryu finished at 1-over 73 on the round after three previous rounds in the 60s. 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.

Meanwhile, out on the course, Park flirted with disaster on the challenging par-4 16th hole.

Ryu won two weeks ago at the Meijer LPGA Classic and wants to add another Major to the U.S. Women's Open in 2011 and the ANA Inspiration in 2017. The 19-year-old's round was also the best of the day by three strokes and best of the tournament by two.

Her up and down from there was undoubtedly critical in her title win as it pilled the pressure on Ryu, who went on to double bogey the next hole.

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Angel Yin (68) was fourth at 6-under and Bronte Law (69) was 5-under. The world's sixth-ranked player, she is the sixth South Korean to win multiple majors and the third to win this particular event, equaling Australia for the second-most behind the United States.

First-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72), 2016 victor Brooke Henderson (71) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were tied for the lead at 6-under 138.

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

"(I will try to) get better in my head and just go out tomorrow and made a lot of good shots and see if I can make some birdies, and hopefully they roll in".

But that lead disappeared on the very next hole, the par-3 17th, where Ryu found water off the tee. "We've missed four of the last six cuts, so she's felt the pressure".

"I struggled a little bit with my putter, which is disappointing", she said. The changes were effective for Park, as she had 27 putts in the final round and not a single bogey.

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