Former Cowgirl Wins First LPGA Major


Former Cowgirl Wins First LPGA Major

Song dropped out with a par on the third playoff hole.

Jennifer Song gets a hug from caddie Daniel Taylor after missing a putt and being knocked out of the playoff against Park and Lindberg.

For the first time in the 47-year history of the ANA Inspiration, and the LPGA in the desert, two players returned to Mission Hills Country Club to decide a victor on Monday.

She said, "Yeah, I don't know, but it just happened". "So it's all about feeling". She won in 2014 and lost a playoff to So Yeon Ryu a year ago after being penalized four strokes in regulation for a rules violation. I just knew I could, and I just kept fighting away. "And today, even though it was a playoff, whatever, just felt like I went out, did my same routine".

Park posted a 74, which included a double-bogey and four bogeys as she ended the day four shots off the pace at the LPGA Tour major tournament. The LPGA Fall of Famer honored Lindberg's performance as one that just couldn't be beat.

"I guess it brings out the best of us", said Neumann, a Mission Hills resident who walked with Lindberg on the back nine Sunday and during the Monday playoff. "This is just a bonus in the end, being in the playoff now".

Lindberg became the fourth player to win wire-to-wire at the ANA, joining Pat Bradley, Betsy King and Pat Hurst. Lindberg, a native of Bollnas, Sweden, is 31 and has been playing on the LPGA tour since 2010.

By late afternoon, five players shared the lead at 14 under, with eighth-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn carding a 7-under 65 to charge up the leaderboard and 12th-ranked Jessica Korda adding her own 66.

Lindberg made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 8th playoff hole to clinch the victory. Park laid up and hit a wedge to 8 feet. Song closed with a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday. Park knew what she had to do.

Even so, she was as surprised as anyone when her winning putt disappeared into the hole.

"I can't believe that I can call myself a major champion", Lindberg said. "I knew it was getting a little bit on the edge there, but, yeah, we both finished with a par, which is good in the dark, I think". "Every time I made a mistake, I tried to bounce back as fast as I could". "I mean, eight-hole playoff, I've never done something like that before, either".

Play resumed at 8 a.m. on No. 10, with Lindbergh leaving a birdie putt from a little lower on the green than her victor an inch short.

Song missed a chance for her first tour victory. If you hit a 3-wood, you run out of fairway.

England's Charley Hull finished in a share of sixth on 13th under.

Lindberg didn't have a pre-planned jump, relying on instinct as she'd done the rest of the week.

Before this year, the best finish of her LPGA career was a tie for third in Malaysia in 2014.

Atthaya Thitikul matched Wie with a 69 in their pairing to top the amateurs at 5 under.

Song's only previous top-10 result in a major tournament came a year ago when she claimed eighth place in the Evian Championship.

Victor of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup two weeks ago, Park showed her signature mettle with the flat stick all week and managed two critical putts in the dark on the fourth playoff hole to move into Monday.

With portable lights and the scoreboard helping illuminate the green, Park holed a six-footer for par and Lindberg made a short putt to match.

After her long day, Park said she was glad she was done with the 18th hole for now. On the fourth playoff hole, the Swede two-putted from the fringe from 15 feet and saved par to move a step closer to making a dream come true Monday morning.

Park is seeking her eighth career major and her first since her Ricoh Women's British Open win in August 2015. "I'm really happy for her".



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