The KPMG Women's Championship is a collaboration of the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women. The heavily favored Team Republic of Korea will feature Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu and In-Kyung Kim, who finished in a tie for 8th on Sunday to jump past Hye Jin Choi for the fourth spot on the team. The victory brought the normally steely South Korean to tears on the shoulder of her caddie, David Jones.
Park closed with a 3-under 69. "I couldn't help that".
Park, who won her first major title at the U.S. Women's Open previous year, now has four wins, including two majors. But 2018 hasn't looked like 2017. In just 14 starts, she has amassed $932,952, which is second most on the LPGA this season. That's when the doubters got in her ear. "She also had to battle herself to win this one".
2016 victor Brooke Henderson (71) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were tied for the lead at 6-under 138.
Nasa Hataoka of Japan was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Park beat compatriot Ryu So-yeon with a birdie on the second. The changes were effective for Park, as she had 27 putts in the final round and not a single bogey. Hataoka eagled a pair of par 5s, the seventh and the 11.
Hataoka waited in the clubhouse for a couple of hours to see whether her 10-under 278 total would be enough for the 19-year-old to claim a maiden major triumph.
Park's ball landed on a big tuft of grass. The new version of the PING Craze-E putter she added to her bag this week marks a handful of putters she has used this year.
It was the par-3 17th hole that caught up with Ryu.
England's Charley Hull hit a five-under-par 67 to move up the leadboard on the final day, eventually finishing four shots off the leaders on six under for the tournament.
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The playoff resumed about 20 minutes later, and following Ryu's miss, Park drained her putt to clinch the championship.
That misstep was Ryu's second double-bogey of the day. She had one short putt rim out and another deflect out of the back of the cup in a double-bogey on No. 2.
The 13th hole saw Ryu open the door for her competition with a bogey.
"I had to let it go", she said. "I think I lack that sense of tension". She stumbled in with a 74 on Sunday to share 6th place and miss a three-way playoff by four shots.
The three players returned to the 18th hole for the sudden-death playoff. She has made the cut in each of her 13 starts.
Play was suspended due to lightning.
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.
"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. The American media sometimes struggle to connect with the Korean star.
"Everything went so well today", Park said in a televised interview before her victory ceremony. "There's an very bad lot expected of her back home in South Korea". Ryu, who won the ANA Inspiration previous year and the U.S. Women's Open in 2011, has had top three results at all five women's majors. "But once again, I did my best".