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Hataoka's 4th-round launch almost wins Women's PGA C'ship

05 July, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Park Sung-hyun chips on the 16th hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois on Sunday.

On the first playoff hole, Ryu drained a 20-footer for birdie and Park responded to extend with a 15-footer.

Park clinched her first major title less than a year ago at the U.S. Women's Open. She finally broke through at a weather-shortened Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic on May 6, and her latest major title should further silence skeptics.

As a co-leader after 36 holes, the opportunity existed for Brooke Henderson to add a second KPMG Women's PGA Championship to her resume.

"I think I had a bit of confidence coming into this week because of the two top-10 finishes these couple weeks, and I felt like I was driving it pretty good and rolling it good", Ko said.

Despite her successful debut last season, Park has had an inconsistent second season on the Tour. She finished T10 at the U.S. Women's Open and T6 at the ANA Inspiration.

Defending champion Danielle Kang (69) had moved two shots of the lead before a pair of bogeys on her final three holes left her four back.


Park, along with So Yeon Ryu and last week's Northwest Arkansas Wal-Mart tournament victor Nasa Hataoka all finished at 10 under par after 72 holes. Though her ball landed inside the hazard line, Park hit the ideal shot from the hazard to make an up-and-down for a par.

She finished the front nine one-under after sinking a birdie on the seventh hole. "But it was kind of playing tough early this morning, it was really windy, and it just took a couple holes to kind of adjust to that". Park, a prodigious ballstriker not known for her putting, answered with her own clutch birdie roll.

With a sparkling 64 in her pocket and a chance to win, Hataoka turned and bowed to the Kemper Lakes course out of respect and then headed to the clubhouse to wait an hour for Park and Ryu to complete their rounds. "I tried not to think about it too much but as the final groups were finishing their round, I thought, 'maybe'". She hit a flawless flop to 3-feet and saved par. "And one day I want to lift that trophy". She knows what she has to do, and she took a big step Saturday.

"I got less nervous during the playoff".

"The KPMG Women's PGA Championship has quickly become synonymous with greatness, and what better venue to solidify that than Baltusrol", said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. She stumbled in with a 74 on Sunday to share 6th place and miss a three-way playoff by four shots.

Hataoka recorded two eagles in her round and put a number on the leaderboard that likely got the attention of Park and Ryu.

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