Ryu has three-shot lead over Henderson at Women's PGA

May JohnsonJul 05, 2018

So Yeon Ryu hits her tee shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

South Korean Park Sung-hyun won her second major title when she overcame compatriot Ryu So-yeon and Japan's Nasa Hataoka in a three-way playoff at the Women's PGA Championship outside Chicago on Sunday.

But when the day finally ended after a two-hole playoff and a brief storm delay, Sung Hyun Park was the victor.

As well as she played, Ryu also got an assist at the par-five seventh, where her second shot landed in a woman's food container, probably preventing the ball from going into a water hazard.

Meanwhile, out on the course, Park flirted with disaster on the challenging par-4 16th hole. In a sign of LPGA parity, the world's No. 3 player, the Women's PGA defending champion and one of the LPGA's most high-profile stars teed off at 7:19 a.m. - the first group -Sunday.

On that first playoff hole, the hard 18th, Ryu had drained a tough birdie putt from the fringe.

Henderson, in the hunt for her second victory in the event after beating Ko in a playoff in 2016, banged in a 15-foot birdie at the last to earn a share of the lead.

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"After the front nine I couldn't actually expect to be leading after the round", Ryu said after making four back-nine birdies to surge pass a spluttering Henderson.

"I have caddied quite a few years, and I have never seen anyone with the ability and guts she has", said Dana Derouaux, Hataoka's caddie.

"I think for long game, I can give myself an A, and then about the putting, also I can give myself an A. That's the attitude I really want to have for tomorrow, a free mind but confidence".

"Everything went so well today", Park said in a televised interview before her victory ceremony. And she believes she is in a good spot heading into the final round.

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. Park, needing to make hers to stay alive, drained the putt to take the playoff to the 16th, the site of her adventures in regulation. When considering that 2018 is only Park's second season as a full-time member of the LPGA, her win was even more impressive.

Hataoka was completely off the radar when the round started with a 54-hole score of two under par. Hataoka missed hers, and Park, the last to putt, had to make hers to extend the playoff. Park left zero doubt that she would part of the four-person team with her win on Sunday.

Henderson shot herself out of contention with three bogeys over the first six holes, but Park erased her four-shot deficit on Ryu in the first four holes.

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