Lee wins ANA Inspiration play-off, Maguire shares 18th

Mission Hills 18th green

Mission Hills 18th green

And she did so in srtyle.

The South Korean deliberately sent her second shot into the fencing, then took her drop before holing out her eagle chip to send her into a playoff.

The 2019 US Women's Amateur champion mixed it with the game's best at the LPGA's second major of 2020 when she shot a four under 68 in the second round to be just six strokes behind leader, American Nelly Korda.

Henderson, who passed Sandra Post past year with her ninth LPGA title to make her the most successful Canadian golfer, had only played two tournaments since her sport resumed in late July. That she even had the opportunity required something of a golfing miracle, with the world No. 94 forcing her way into the conversation by chipping in an eagle on the 18th for a share of the lead, resulting in a three-way playoff.

Lee had been two shots off the pace at the start of the final round in California, tied for third with Lexi Thompson and Katherine Kirk behind Korda and Henderson. On the par-5 18th, Lee grabbed her 5-wood and went for the green on her second shot. Henderson's second shot came up just short, and she used putter for her eagle attempt that rolled out some 7 feet pasts.

That's what Mirim Lee did in the final round. "I just told myself, "Let's finish this quickly".

"When I had practice rounds, I had practiced that shot, so it was a definite for me to use the space there".

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"I must be a little insane for winning, " Lee said through a translator. That encouragement may have been exactly what she needed. Sticking to her original plan, Lee finished the playoff with a 5-foot birdie putt.

Lee hit five-wood just over the back of the putting surface, chipped to 5 feet and made the victor. Remarkably, Lee took the victory without ever leading the field.

"I can't believe it. Honestly I have no emotions", offered a tearful Lee through an interpreter.

Lee pitched to seven feet and, after her two rivals both missed their birdie chances, the 29-year-old held her nerve to hole the left-to-right putt for the win and her first major title.

It will likely go down as one of the most ridiculous final holes in major championship history.

England's Mel Reid finished tied for seventh on nine under - her best finish at the event - while Georgia Hall was back on one under. During her career in Korea, she picked up three wins before joining the LPGA Tour in 2014. Her first win was in August 2014, at the Meijer LPGA Classic, where she won by defeating former world No. 1 Park In-bee in a sudden-death playoff. She is going for her second major.

Doc Redman closed with a 62 - matching the lowest round of the tournament - to tie with Brian Stuard (70), Chez Reavie (66) and Kevin Streelman (67) at 18 under.

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