Women's PGA Championship: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins after play-off

Women's PGA Championship: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins after play-off

Women's PGA Championship: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins after play-off

The South Korean edged out compatriot So Yeon Ryu and Japan's Nasa Hataoka in a dramatic finale after the trio finished tied at -10 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in IL.

Sung Hyun Park, of South Korea, kisses the championship trophy after making a birdie on the second hole of a playoff on the 16th hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Park's previous major victory came at the U.S. Women's Open in 2017, a historic season in which she also grabbed the Rookie of the Year award and the money title while sharing the Player of the Year honors with Ryu.

The PGA of America announced that historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield will host two of its pillar championships: the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2023 and the PGA Championship in 2029.

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.

"It's been a tough year for me with five missed cuts".

It moved Ryu to 11 under overall, as the 28-year-old looks to add the KPMG title to previous wins at the US Open and ANA Inspiration.

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.

In the final round, Ryu stumbled with a double bogey at the par-4 second and Park birdied the par-3 third and par-5 fourth to seize a share of the lead.

Those hopes were dashed when she made double-bogey at the par-three 17th after finding water with her seven-iron tee shot, the Korean admitting she had trouble gauging what club to use in the fluctuating wind. "That's what really made me cry", Park told reporters. Her approach on hole 16, when she was one back of the lead, was inches from going into the water. "That's the attitude I really want to have for tomorrow, a free mind but confidence".

"I think this performance is one of my best performances I've ever had in my professional career", Park said. She now sits just two-strokes back of the lead at four-under par heading into the weekend. With the win, she took home total prize money of $547,500.

Ryu was 11-under while Henderson was 8-under and Park was 7-under. (But) I wasn't nervous at all.

"I did my best", Ryu said. Park's putter used to be 34 inches long, but she shortened it to 33 inches.

Hataoka recorded two eagles in her round and put a number on the leaderboard that likely got the attention of Park and Ryu.

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