Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Korea's Ryu So-yeon charges into lead at Women's PGA Championship

Korea's Ryu So-yeon charges into lead at Women's PGA Championship

After making the championship-clinching putt, Park raised both arms in celebration and shed tears - a rarity for a golfer who has been known to show very little emotion, positive or negative - in tournaments.

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.

Ryu made a 20-footer for birdie from the fringe, and Park followed from 10 feet.

Fifth-ranked Ryu and sixth-ranked Park each birdied the first play-off hole, the par-four 18th, while Nataoka was eliminated with a par. Ryu finished at 1-over 73 on the round after three previous rounds in the 60s.

Hataoka carded three birdies and four bogeys at Kemper Lakes Golf Club to land in a three-way tie at a 2-under 214 total, nine shots behind leader Ryu So-yeon of South Korea.

The par-4 16th hole proved to be the promised land for Park, who pulled off an incredible up-and-down for par in regulation and then clinched the title there in the playoff.

But after carding the low round of the week, Hataoka fell on the first of two playoff holes, both of which Park birdied to win her second major following the South Korean's victory at the U.S. Women's Open a year ago.

Angel Yin made seven birdies on Sunday and shot just 1-under and tied for fourth, her best finish in a major championship.

Historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey was named Saturday as host of the 2029 PGA Championship, its 10th major men's tournament, and the 2023 Women's PGA Championship.

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Nine strokes behind Ryu entering the day, the 19-year-old Hataoka almost pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in LPGA Tour history. Henderson made the par putt to stay at six under for the tournament.

Her 3-wood off the tee hit a bunker on the left side of the fairway and an 8-iron went to the water on the right.

A chance at a birdie on the 18th was missed by Ko, seeing her finish tied for 11th heading into tomorrow's final round.

She seemed pretty comfortable on a day when the temperature hit the low 90s.

The final round was pushed to an earlier start with thunderstorms forecast for late afternoon in Northern Illinois.

On the first playoff hole, Ryu was the farthest from the cup among three contestants, and she drained her long attempt from the back of the green.

A birdie on the par-5 No. 11 put her at 12 under before she bogeyed the par-3 13th.

Hataoka, 19, won her first LPGA title last week in Arkansas and with more than US$546,000 in the past eight days has eclipsed her prior career earnings. But she found her game this weekend, firing the only bogey-free final round to become a two time major champion.

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