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

Jul 05, 2018, 02:13
Hataoka's 4th-round launch almost wins Women's PGA C'ship

With her driver normally being the weapon that helps her excel over her competitors she hit just four fairways on Sunday.

In regulation, Park was trailing Ryu by one stroke at 10-under, when she almost put her second shot into water short of the green.

Ryu had the right touch on her birdie putts on 14 and 15.

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

As well as she played, Ryu also got an assist at the par-five seventh, where her second shot landed in a woman's food container, probably preventing the ball from going into a water hazard.

Ryu, celebrating her 28th birthday, carded a round of 69 to make up the three-way tie on six under, with Spain's Carlota Ciganda a shot back.

Sung Hyun Park, of South Korea, kisses the championship trophy after making a birdie on the second hole of a playoff on the 16th hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Sunday, July 1, 2018.

"I didn't expect it would be a playoff when I was going up", Hataoka said.

So it was an understandable moment of relief, then, when her 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole found the mark, seeing off compatriot So Yeon Ryu.

Yet after a hard year, it was Park's day.

"Straight out of the gate, I was able to make a birdie on the first and that gave me the confidence to say, 'Hey, you can make a birdie around this golf course, '" said Ko, whose win in San Francisco in late April was her first in almost two years.

Park reacts on the second play-off hole after winning the Women's PGA Championship.

Nasa Hataoka shot a 1-over-par 73 and dropped to 23rd place after Saturday's third round of the Women's PGA Championship.

She had five birdies plus two eagles to go with one bogey. Park left zero doubt that she would part of the four-person team with her win on Sunday.

"KPMG's commitment to elevating women on and off the golf course is exemplified by the selection of Baltusrol Golf Club as the host of the 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship", Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO, said in a release.

Despite the result, the rising talent was satisfied with her performance and gained confidence from tying two multi-major winners.

Angel Yin (68) was fourth at 6-under and Bronte Law (69) was 5-under.

"It was a really long round today and I still can't believe I'm sitting next to this trophy", Park said. But I think that 11 was really, really important momentum for me.

It has been a troublesome 2018 for the 24-year-old, who set the golf world alight last year to become the first ever LPGA Tour rookie to top the world rankings.

Hataoka is 31-under over her last seven rounds.

Park, Ryu and Hataoka all ended the 72 holes at 10-under 278, though they each took a vastly different route to get there.