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

Park beats Ryu in dramatic play-off for Women's PGA Championship Park beats Ryu in dramatic play-off for Women's PGA Championship
Kristopher Love | 04 July, 2018, 18:25

Park Sung-hyun poses with the championship trophy after winning the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on July 1, 2018, in Kildeer, Illinois.

Canadian Brooke Henderson shared the clubhouse lead after her second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Friday.

Park collected her second major with a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat So Yeon Ryu on Sunday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

A six-time victor on the LPGA Tour, Henderson has finished in the top five at this event the past three years, including a victory in 2016 and a second-place finish last year.

Fifth-ranked Ryu and sixth-ranked Park each birdied the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, while Nataoka was eliminated with a par. She raised her hands over her head in celebration before hugging her caddy, David Jones, and shedding some tears.

Following two 69s and a 67, Ryu allowed the two golfers to tie after she carded a 1-over 73, cancelling out four birdies with a bogey and two double bogeys.

Ryu responded with a birdie at the 16th, giving her a two-shot lead, but found water at the par-3 17th and made a double bogey, falling back level with Nataoka and Park, who both parred 18 to force extra holes.

Australian Sarah Jane Smith made eagle on the par-5 7th hole but only managed two birdies to go with three bogeys for a round of 71 and a total of four under, and a tie for 11th place.

The 21-year-old New Zealander shook off an opening 74 at Kemper Lakes to reach 4 under and give herself a shot to win her third major.

Nine strokes behind Ryu entering the day, the 19-year-old Hataoka almost pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in LPGA Tour history.

It has been a troublesome 2018 for the 24-year-old, who set the golf world alight last year to become the first ever LPGA Tour rookie to top the world rankings.

Hataoka ultimately fell at the first playoff hole, a flat ending to a day that had started with her nine strokes off the lead.

Ryu, who opened the round in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard, shot a 4-under 67 and heads into Sunday's final round with a three-shot lead over Canada's Brooke Henderson, the 2016 tournament victor. But Ryu's tee shot on No. 17 went into the water to the left of the green, setting up the three-way tie.

She seemed pretty comfortable on a day when the temperature hit the low 90s. The 2016 tournament victor finished with four bogeys and five birdies in her round.

She hit just eight fairways and recorded 29 putts to finish the day at even par 72 after a sizzling 66 on Thursday.