Park beats Ryu in dramatic play-off for Women's PGA Championship

Park beats Ryu in dramatic play-off for Women's PGA Championship

She hugged Ryu. She wiped away the tears.

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

It was Aditi's worst round of the year and the first time she shot in the 80s this season. "I can't still believe what I've done, but I'm really happy". For the week, Park carded rounds of 66-72-71-69 for a finish at 10-under 278.

"Wind just took it really hard to the left, and then it's in the water hazard", she said. "We look forward to working with the PGA of America to showcase the best women and men in these two Major Championships". This is my best finish for this tournament, so hopefully it's going to keep improving.

But this time, it was Park's turn.

Park was consistent when it counted and didn't make a single bogey over the last 30 holes of the tournament.

Park had three career wins on the LPGA Tour coming into this weekend, including the U.S. Women's Open past year.

England's Charley Hull was a shot behind after a final-round 67, sharing sixth place with Canada's Brooke Henderson, who began the day second but faded with a 74.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is the next best Canadian at 2-over 218. She was trailed by Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., at 8-over 296 and Hamilton's Alena Sharp 12-over 300.

Nine strokes behind Ryu entering the day, the 19-year-old Hataoka almost pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in LPGA Tour history. She finished a disappointing bogey-bogey for last two holes and dropped to 73.

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Park's second shot from more than 200 yards landed pin high but took a huge bounce over the green, from where she hit a poor chip that nearly trickled into a water hazard on the other side.

Park slammed home a 7-foot birdie putt to win, as Ryu's birdie effort rolled past the left edge of the cup.

Putting from the back fringe, Hataoka's 15-foot birdie effort missed right, and she was eliminated.

Angel Yin (68) was fourth at 6-under and Bronte Law (69) was 5-under.

The players will tee off earlier than usual tomorrow, with thunderstorms forecast in the afternoon. But Henderson's putter grew cold over the closing stretch and missed a series of birdie and par putts.

The KPMG Women's PGA trophy is the second major collected by Sung Hyun Park, who captured the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

The way she putted, though, the putter was probably the club she wanted to take to the woodshed.

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Play was briefly interrupted by nearby lightning after they had hit their approach shots but it proved merely a stay of execution for Ryu, who said she did not know the reticent Park that well.

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