A putt in the Park wins another major

Lydia Ko shot eight birdies to get back in contention at the Women's PGA Championship

Lydia Ko shot eight birdies to get back in contention at the Women's PGA Championship

Nasa Hataoka, of Japan, reacts to her tee shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., on July 1, 2018.

Ryu won the 2011 U.S. Women's Open and 2017 ANA Inspiration for her major victories.

"Yeah, I did feel nerves going in", Hataoka said through an interpreter.

Earlier, Ryu, also a victor of two majors, seemed likely to complete the third leg of a career grand slam when she led by two strokes with two holes remaining in regulation. "It's such a gratifying day".

"Winning this tournament is going to be huge because I never really dreamed about becoming a Grand Slammer", she said.

"Knowing that I've played so well here before and I've been able to hoist that trophy that will probably be looking at us on the first tee tomorrow, it's a great feeling", said Henderson. While she now is one of only two players with two wins this season, she also has five missed cuts. Hataoka missed hers, and Park, the last to putt, had to make hers to extend the playoff.

The Kiwi holds a share of 11th heading into the final day in IL.

Park was four behind Ryu at the start of the day at seven-under. Brooke Henderson, the ordinarily sunny young Canadian star who was tied for the lead after 36 holes, lost her cool on the 11th hole Sunday. Park once again made her birdie putt and Ryu took one more stroke, so the tournament ended with Park as the champion.

Park, who began the day four back, then went to 9 under with back-to-back birdies, chipping in on the par-3 third and making a short putt on No. 4.

But while clubhouse leaders Park and Ryu awaited their playoff tied at 10-under-par, Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka nearly rewrote the script, coming from nowhere with a final round 64 to join them in the sudden-death shootout.

And there was to be plenty of drama over the final three holes.

The par-4 16th hole proved to be the promised land for Park, who pulled off an incredible up-and-down for par in regulation and then clinched the title there in the playoff.

With Ryu lying on the green, it seemed Park would be fortunate to get away with a bogey.

From the awkward stance, Park chopped one out of the fescue and the ball landed softly to within a few feet of the cup.

An impressive back nine featuring four birdies helped Ryu move from two shots behind Henderson to two shots ahead in the space of three holes.

Ryu was watching intently as Park hit her critical recovery shot at the 16th. But a birdie on 18 gave her a strong finish despite the heat.

That left Ryu and Park tied at 10-under heading into the final hole, with Hataoka, who'd finished her final round more than an hour earlier, also sitting at 10-under. Ryu is playing with plenty of confidence after collecting her first win of 2018 at the Meijer Classic two weeks ago.

A birdie on the par-5 No. 11 put her at 12 under before she bogeyed the par-3 13th.

Hataoka rolled her putt way right and was eliminated from contention.

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