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

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

Park Sung-hyun poses with the championship trophy after winning the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on July 1, 2018, in Kildeer, Illinois. She stumbled in with a 74 on Sunday to share 6th place and miss a three-way playoff by four shots. Henderson made the par putt to stay at six under for the tournament.

Ko added further bogeys at the 10th, 17th and 18th to offset just the sole birdie over her back nine, at the par-4 16th. Ryu drained a 16-foot birdie putt to put the pressure on her two fellow competitors. Ryu made birdie right before the par save to build a two-shot lead with two left.

After a brief rain delay on the par-4 16th hole at Kemper Lakes, Ryu's birdie try rolled past, and Park finished off her South Korean compatriot with a 10-footer. She had one short putt rim out and another deflect out of the back of the cup in a double-bogey on No. 2.

Park is not usually one to show emotion but she let her usually calm demeanour slip on the 14th when she holed a long birdie putt to pull within one shot of Ryu. "I never really had a chance to get to know her, but on the golf course I know she always wants to play her A-game".

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

Hataoka could not then match her two rivals and watched on as Park clinched the title.

Four of the top 10 finishers on Sunday were American golfers including Jessica Korda, who finished T4. With her driver normally being the weapon that helps her excel over her competitors she hit just four fairways on Sunday. The victory brought the normally steely South Korean to tears on the shoulder of her caddie, David Jones.

The organization announced on Saturday that the 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship and 2029 PGA Championship will be played at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Both championships will be staged on Baltusrol's Lower Course, an A.W. Tillinghast design that opened in 1922.

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Park almost took a one-shot lead at the 17th, but her long birdie attempt lipped out. As it's been a rough season for Park, she was very emotional after her win.

The PGA Championship is returning to Baltusrol, and the Women's PGA is going to the fabled New Jersey course for the first time.

Things would remain that way to set up the second playoff in an LPGA Tour major this year.

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

"Golf is definitely a amusing game because yesterday I thought I hit it just really, really ideal, like I just couldn't ask more, and I shot three-under", she told reporters.

"I had to let it go", she said. Hataoka, who won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G prior to the KMPG tournament last weekend, had an impressive final round, shooting eight under par, 64.

Park, last year's LPGA Rookie of the Year, won her second title of the year after the LPGA Texas Classic in May.

Hataoka is 31-under over her last seven rounds.

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