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Baltusrol to host Women's PGA and PGA Championship

Baltusrol to host Women's PGA and PGA Championship”

She had to hit a flop shot standing inches from the water, with the ball nestled under the high grass around the lake. Park made a 3-meter (9.8-foot) birdie putt to extend the playoff. She took a two-stroke lead on the 16th, but hit into the water on the par-3 17th en route to a double bogey. She had one short putt rim out and another deflect out of the back of the cup in a double-bogey on No. 2.

After Hataoka was eliminated in the first playoff hole, Park beat Ryu with a birdie to take home about 610 million won in prize money.

"I struggled a little bit with my putter, which is disappointing", she said.

Park Sung-hyun raised her arms in jubilation and the tears began to fall.

Park had a historic rookie year in 2017. It was her fourth LPGA title overall after last year's U.S. and Canadian Women's Open crowns.

And her nerves were given a thorough test at the 16th hole on Sunday. "I think this is one more step towards winning a major", said Hataoka, who won her maiden LPGA title last Sunday at the NW Arkansas Championship. She fired a first round in the 60s in 10 of her 12 starts.

The PGA of America announced that historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield will host two of its pillar championships: the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2023 and the PGA Championship in 2029.

It's understandable that numerous LPGA's finest wilted at the KPMG Women's PGA at Kemper Lakes.

The heavily favored Team Republic of Korea will feature Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu and In-Kyung Kim, who finished in a tie for 8th on Sunday to jump past Hye Jin Choi for the fourth spot on the team.

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.

Park said she'd never executed a shot like that, but she didn't doubt she could pull it off. I just did 100-per cent effort every shot, every putt and still, you know, I like looking at the positive side. She then birdied the 12th, 15th and 16th holes on the way to her sixth top 10 finish in her past seven LPGA starts. Ai Miyazato did it four years in a row from 2009-2012.

She also won the Meijer LPGA Classic two weeks ago in MI for her sixth LPGA Tour victory.

"Actually, this is my first time being this emotional", Park told a post-round press conference through an interpreter.

And she continued to head in the wrong direction as the tournament wrapped up at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club early Monday (NZT), with the 21-year-old Kiwi posting a four-over 76 to finish on one over, in a tie for 31st.

It moved Ryu to 11 under overall, as the 28-year-old looks to add the KPMG title to previous wins at the US Open and ANA Inspiration. Hull has been consistent outside the majors too.



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