Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Park Sung-hyun Wins 2nd LPGA Major in Dramatic Fashion

Park Sung-hyun Wins 2nd LPGA Major in Dramatic Fashion

Hot enough for you, Angel? This is my best finish for this tournament, so hopefully it's going to keep improving. Ice cream! And for doing such a fun interview, Michael Collins is getting ice cream too! Adding the Women's PGA would be quite the way to cap her birthday week after she turned 28 on Friday.

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England's Charley Hull was a shot behind after a final-round 67, sharing sixth place with Canada's Brooke Henderson, who began the day second but faded with a 74.

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Second-placed Henderson, victor of the event two years ago before finishing runner-up last year, rued slipping from two shots in front at the turn to three behind at day's end. For the week, Park carded rounds of 66-72-71-69 for a finish at 10-under 278.

"Actually, this is my first time feeling this kind of emotion, being this emotional", Ryu said through an interpreter.

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Ryu ended a almost year-long victory drought when she won the Meijer Classic two weeks ago, a result she achieved after a change in attitude. That's when the doubters got in her ear. She bogeyed Nos. 14 and 16 in a 70. While she now is one of only two players with two wins this season, she also has five missed cuts. "She also had to battle herself to win this one".

Ryu and Henderson were paired together and shared the 36-hole lead with Sung Hyun Park.

Kim In-kyung finished tied for eighth at five under par, while Amy Yang and Ko Jin-young finished tied for 11th at four under par.

In contrast Ryu, the leader at the start of the day, found the water on the par three 17th and eventually holed out for a double bogey, which saw her lead come to an end. "I wasn't able to do that at this tournament". Park put herself in a bad position by almost hitting her ball in the water next to the green.

Park's ball landed on a big tuft of grass. Park's putter used to be 34 inches long, but she shortened it to 33 inches.

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On the first playoff hole, Ryu drained a 20-footer for birdie and Park responded to extend with a 15-footer. "It was my first time shooting two eagles".

It was the par-3 17th hole that caught up with Ryu.

After taking a penalty stroke, Ryu put her third shot to the fringe well behind the pin and two-putted from there for her second double bogey of the round.

"This year's (major) win means a lot to me since it made me go one step forward". "And I think the tournament is all about confidence". Hataoka missed hers, and Park, the last to putt, had to make hers to extend the playoff.

And there was to be plenty of drama over the final three holes. Park pumped her first in celebration, and went on to make par.

After watching the play unfold, Ryu calmly drained her lengthy birdie putt to reach 12-under par. Last to putt, Park drained an 8-foot downhill putt to stay in the playoff.

"Right now, I feel pretty confident on the putting green", she said. The margin? She made four bogies on the day. With her driver normally being the weapon that helps her excel over her competitors she hit just four fairways on Sunday.

Play was suspended due to lightning.

The Koreans, who shared LPGA Player of the Year honors in 2017, reached the green at the par-4 16th, the second playoff role, when play was suspended for risky weather in the area, halting the drama at its peak for 20 minutes as the tension mounted. The American media sometimes struggle to connect with the Korean star. "She doesn't back down". After she came out of nowhere past year to win the U.S. Women's Open, I think the expectation was that she should be winning every week. "I've been hitting it close and giving myself good looks for birdie".

She had to fight for it.

Park had three career wins on the LPGA Tour coming into this weekend, including the U.S. Women's Open past year.

It might be only the beginning of Park's LPGA career, but already, the legend has begun.

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