Park wins playoff at Monroe
Inbee Park survived a sudden death playoff to lift the Wegmans LPGA Championship trophy on Sunday.
Park would card a two under 70 for her final round, putting her one stroke behind leader Brittany Lincicome.
But the American pushed her drive wide on the brutal par four 18th, leading to a bogey and sending the Championship into a playoff.
The duo went back to the 18th tee as the shadows grew longer over the Monroe course. While both of them missed the green with their approach shots, Lincicome had a six-footer for par but missed. Park stepped up to hole her three foot par putt, cueing a rapturous applause from the gallery.
“I’ve been waiting to win again and I’ve been so close the past few weeks, but I just didn’t get it done,” Park told usatoday.com.
“Today I got it done. It definitely is a big honor to actually put my name on the trophy twice and obviously to defend my title. But I feel very exhausted.
“I didn’t feel that nervous at all today when I was just playing the final round, but once I got to the tee on the playoff hole, I just felt the nerves right away, and it was kind of like a replay of last year. And experience definitely helped me out.”
After winning three consecutive Majors last year, the win is the South Korean’s fifth Major of her career.
Meanwhile, Lincicome admits that the nerves definitely got to her during that final hole and again in the playoff.
“I think it was just the nerves, just not being in this position a lot for a long time I think finally caught up to me,” said the 28-year-old, who left the course in tears.
“My hands were shaking on the final hole both times…but Inbee is so darn good, so I’m not taking anything away from her. And I’m playing so good.
“If I keep driving it the way I’m driving it and doing the same things that I’m doing, it’s kind of unstoppable and I know I can win again. If you’re driving it straight, it takes so much stress off the rest of your game.”
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who at 17-years-old was bidding to become the youngest Major winner in golf’s history, carded two under 70 to finish by herself in third position on eight under. Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden would finish tied on six under.
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