South Korea's Park wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

Lydia Ko surges into contention with strong second round at KPMG

Lydia Ko surges into contention with strong second round at KPMG

Ryu broke away on the closing holes at Kemper Lakes to take a three-stroke lead in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Kildeer.

The Smiths Falls, Ont. native showed some frustration on the 11th hole of Kemper Lakes Golf Club, breaking her club after missing a wedge shot, on her way to finishing tied for sixth at the Women's PGA Championship.

The 21-year-old New Zealander shook off an opening 74 at Kemper Lakes to reach 4 under and give herself a shot to win her third major.

During the final round, Park had a big save on the par-4 16th hole after she hit her second shot into the water hazard.

Park closed with a 3-under 69. It was a long way from her back nine score of 30 on Friday when every putt seemed to find the hole.

Park just missed a birdie on that hole when her 20-footer hit the edge of the cup. Park put herself in a bad position by almost hitting her ball in the water next to the green.

Following two 69s and a 67, Ryu allowed the two golfers to tie after she carded a 1-over 73, cancelling out four birdies with a bogey and two double bogeys.

"I tried to make as many birdies as I can, and I know it's hard out there with the wind being a little bit more up than yesterday", Ko said.

"I think this performance is one of my best performances I've ever had in my professional career", Park said. "I was really happy, and I couldn't help that".

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She also worked on stabilizing her putting by changing her routine on the green. Her round included eight birdies and two bogeys as she vaulted 81 spots up the leaderboard.

Ryu ended a almost year-long victory drought when she won the Meijer Classic two weeks ago, a result she achieved after a change in attitude. With the win, she took home total prize money of $547,500. Yin said. "I don't need to say much".

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But the malaise continued when Ko bogeyed the 7th and 8th to turn two over for her round and one under for the tournament.

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Park said Jones, who has been on her bag since May a year ago, helped her stay calm in stressful situations.

"Up and down all day", she said of a round that included five birdies and four bogeys.

Kim In-kyung finished tied for eighth at five under par, while Amy Yang and Ko Jin-young finished tied for 11th at four under par.

Park began her sophomore campaign slowly and missed two cuts in her first seven starts, after not missing any in 23 events in 2017.

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