Park Sung-hyun captures second career LPGA major

The South Koreans, who shared LPGA Player of the Year honours in 2017, reached the green at the par-four 16th, the second play-off hole, when play was suspended for unsafe weather in the area, halting the drama at its peak for 20 minutes as the tension mounted.

Ryu was the overnight leader at 11-under but committed two double bogeys for a 73 in the final round, while blowing a two-shot lead with two holes to play to fall into the playoff.

All three had finished 72 holes at Kemper Lakes deadlocked at 10-under par 278 and three shots clear of Americans Jessica Korda (68) and Angel Yin (71).

Japan was seeded third followed in order by England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Taiwan for the October 4-7 tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Club in Incheon City.Fourth-ranked Ryu So-yeon and seventh-ranked Kim In-kyung complete the South Korean roster on the toughest team to make. Brooke Henderson (74) - second through three rounds - was 5 under. Park made her par putt to stay at 10-under but now Ryu was up by two shots with two holes to play. But Ryu's tee shot on No. 17 went into the water to the left of the green, setting up the three-way tie. And with storms forecast for late Sunday afternoon, organizers adjusted the start times and had groups of three tee off on the first and 10th holes.

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David Toms, right, smiles as he hugs a well-wisher after Toms putted out on the 18th hole during the final round of the U.S. Toms got the final round started by going out in an even par 36 strokes that featured one birdie, eight pars and one bogey.

But Henderson's putter grew cold over the closing stretch and missed a series of birdie and par putts.

After watching the play unfold, Ryu calmly drained her lengthy birdie putt to reach 12-under par.

She said: "Actually this is my first time feeling like this kind of emotion, like being this emotional. and I was really happy". Ryu was the farthest from the pin, after her second shot landed on the fringe behind the pin, but she drained the birdie attempt and put pressure on the other two.

Park is one of five South Koreans to win on the tour this year, and she is the first from the contingent to grab multiple titles in 2018. She then birdied the 12th, 15th and 16th holes on the way to her sixth top 10 finish in her past seven LPGA starts.

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