Sung Hyun Park wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

GRAND RAPIDS MI- JUNE 17 Lee Anne Pace of South Africa hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS MI- JUNE 17 Lee Anne Pace of South Africa hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club

After Ryu missed her birdie attempt on the second playoff hole, Park rolled her's in and raised her two hands in the air and then was overwhelmed with emotion.

The two-time major champion from South Korea posted one of the few sub-par rounds in the morning at the Kemper Lakes course. Hataoka was eliminated on the first hole with a par while the two South Koreans birdied. She bogeyed Nos. 14 and 16 in a 70.

On the first playoff hole, Ryu drained a 20-footer for birdie and Park responded to extend with a 15-footer. "I still can't believe I'm sitting here, next to this trophy".

"I think all the work I've done has paid off today", she said afterward. "For that, I need to definitely win this tournament, and right now, I'm in pretty good position to achieve another dream so I really want to make it".

The Smiths Falls, Ont. native showed some frustration on the 11th hole of Kemper Lakes Golf Club, breaking her club after missing a wedge shot, on her way to finishing tied for sixth at the Women's PGA Championship.

Park had a historic rookie year in 2017.

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.

When Park sank her victor after Ryu had missed, Ryu, who had been in position to win her third major, was left to ponder the one that got away.

"This was a very tough year for me", the 24-year-old Park said. "I could have made double-bogey instead of (par), but the little bag was there, so it saved me". She had to hit a flop shot standing inches from the water, with the ball nestled under the high grass around the lake.

And her nerves were given a thorough test at the 16th hole on Sunday.

South Korea's Park Sung-hyun won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship following the first three-way play-off in the tournament's 63-year history.

Though Ryu made birdie on the same hole to go up by two shots, she lost that advantage with a double bogey at the 17th and never quite recovered.

Park said she conferred with her caddie, David Jones, on how to approach the tricky third shot.

"My shots were good, but I struggled around the green", Hataoka said. "I felt like, 'I got this, ' when I did the shot". She's earned $590,806 over the last two weeks after her win in Arkansas and the tie for second in IL. (But) I wasn't nervous at all.

It was a small miracle that Park even found her way into the playoff. Ryu is playing with plenty of confidence after collecting her first win of 2018 at the Meijer Classic two weeks ago.

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