Canadian Brooke Henderson shares Women’s PGA Championship lead

Canadian Brooke Henderson shares Women’s PGA Championship lead

Sung Hyun Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her second major championship on Sunday in Kildeer, Ill. But once Ryu made a double bogey on the 17th hole by hitting her tee shot into the hazard, she allowed Park and Hataoka to share the lead, forcing a sudden-death playoff.

But after carding the low round of the week, Hataoka fell on the first of two playoff holes, both of which Park birdied to win her second major following the South Korean's victory at the U.S. Women's Open a year ago.

Ko got a confidence boost when she won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Lake Merced near San Francisco in late April.

As a co-leader after 36 holes, the opportunity existed for Brooke Henderson to add a second KPMG Women's PGA Championship to her resume.

"I think all the work I've done has paid off today", she said afterward.

The PGA Championship has been typically staged in August as the last major in a year but after this year will move to May in a schedule revamp that puts it second among golf's four annual elite events. Ryu, who won last year's ANA Inspiration and the 2011 US Women's Open, finished with a half dozen birdies.

Ryu committed a double bogey at the second hole, and Park pulled even at nine-under with back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth holes.

After winning last year's U.S. Women's Open as a rookie, Park won the CP Women's Open in Canada and wrapped up 2017 as the LPGA's top rookie and co-player of the year.

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The 2016 tournament victor finished with four bogeys and five birdies in her round. Henderson made the par putt to stay at six under for the tournament.

When they returned, Ryu's 20 foot putt missed while Park rolled in her 15 footer to win the title and break down in tears. "I've been hitting it close and giving myself good looks for birdie".

Ryu was sporting in defeat, congratulating her opponent and insisting "one day I want to lift that trophy". With the win, she took home total prize money of $547,500. (But) I wasn't nervous at all.

"The KPMG Women's PGA Championship has quickly become synonymous with greatness, and what better venue to solidify that than Baltusrol", said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

Ryu was 11-under while Henderson was 8-under and Park was 7-under.

Hataoka could not then match her two rivals and watched on as Park clinched the title.

A chance at a birdie on the 18th was missed by Ko, seeing her finish tied for 11th heading into tomorrow's final round.

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