Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Tearful Park claims Women's PGA Championship in playoff

Tearful Park claims Women's PGA Championship in playoff

That's her mindset, winning is placed at a premium.

"She's still just piecing it all together", Jones said of Park.

"After the front nine I couldn't actually expect to be leading after the round", Ryu said after making four back-nine birdies to surge pass a spluttering Henderson. That saw her tee off the final day eight shots back.

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

On that first playoff hole, the hard 18th, Ryu had drained a tough birdie putt from the fringe.

As well as she played, Ryu also got an assist at the par-five seventh, where her second shot landed in a woman's food container, probably preventing the ball from going into a water hazard. 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.

She said at he time, "I felt very confident with it, felt like I could make good strokes, and I felt like I was seeing the line well, too, which all those things are great things to see it well".

Yet after a hard year, it was Park's day.

Top-ranked Inbee Park missed the cut at five-over 149, while New Zealand's Lydia Ko recovered from a first-round 74 to shoot a six-under 66 on day two and finish two shots adrift of the leading pack. 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.

"Straight out of the gate, I was able to make a birdie on the first and that gave me the confidence to say, 'Hey, you can make a birdie around this golf course, '" said Ko, whose win in San Francisco in late April was her first in almost two years. The runner-up of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship tells us which one. She fired a first round in the 60s in 10 of her 12 starts.

Defending champion Danielle Kang shot her third over-par round of the tournament with a 73 on Sunday, finishing at 2 over for the tournament in a tie for 33rd place. 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.

KILDEER, Ill. - Sunday's story lines were swirling like the winds in suburban Chicago for the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Park, a prodigious ballstriker not known for her putting, answered with her own clutch birdie roll. Kim is No. 7 so four of the top seven players in the Rolex world rankings are from Korea. "I was really happy". "I had trouble with my putts, and I couldn't pick up the momentum".

Baltusrol most recently hosted a major in 2016 when American Jimmy Walker won his first major at the PGA Championship.

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