Kildeer, Ill. — Sung Hyun Park raised her arms and placed her hands on her head before hugging her caddie and wiping away tears.
She simply could not contain her emotions after winning her second major championship — and doing it in such dramatic fashion.
Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
After a brief rain delay on the par-4 16th hole at Kemper Lakes, Ryu’s birdie try rolled past, and Park finished off her South Korean compatriot with a 10-footer.
“Actually, this is my first time feeling this kind of emotion, being this emotional,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “And I was really happy, like, I couldn’t help that.”
Japanese teen Nasa Hataoka, after shooting an 8-under 64 to post at 10 under, dropped out of the playoff with a par on the par-4 18th.
Ryu made a 20-footer for birdie from the fringe, and Park followed from 10 feet.
Park closed with a 3-under 69.
Ryu had a 73. She took a two-stroke lead on the 16th but hit into the water on the par-3 17th en route to a double bogey.
“Wind just took it really hard to the left, and then it’s in the water hazard,” she said. “But once again, I did my best. If I look back, nothing I can do any better than that. I just did 100-percent effort every shot, every putt and still, you know, I like looking at the positive side. This is my best finish for this tournament, so hopefully it’s going to keep improving. And one day I want to lift that trophy.”
But this time, it was Park’s turn. She made a brilliant par save on 16 after she dug out from the water’s edge. In the end, the 24-year-old added another major to go with the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and took home the $547,500 prize.
Nine strokes behind Ryu entering the day, Hataoka nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in LPGA Tour history. She was already off the course when Ryu made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to go two strokes up at 12 under. But Ryu’s tee shot on No. 17 went into the water to the left of the green, setting up the three-way tie.
Park just missed a birdie on that hole when her 20-footer hit the edge of the cup. And she had a chance to win it on 18, only to watch her 18-foot birdie attempt role just past the edge.
Jessica Korda (68) and Angel Yin (71) tied for fourth at 7 under, with Charley Hull (67) at 6 under. Brooke Henderson (74) – second through three rounds – was 5 under.
After rain soaked the course earlier in the week, the final three days were marked by temperatures in the 90s. And with storms forecast for late Sunday afternoon, organizers adjusted the start times and had groups of three tee off on the first and 10th holes.
Ryu started on No. 1 with Park and Henderson and ran into trouble after rallying on the closing holes to grab a three-stroke lead in the third round. She had one short putt rim out and another deflect out of the back of the cup in a double-bogey on No. 2.
Park, who began the day four shots behind, then went to 9 under with back-to-back birdies, chipping in on the par-3 third and making a short putt on No. 4.
The 19-year-old Hataoka was coming off her first tour victory at the NW Arkansas Championship last week and nearly pulled out this one even though she began the day all but out of contention.
She eagled the par-5 seventh hole and bounced back from a bogey on the par-4 No. 10 with another eagle on the par-5 11th. She then birdied the 12th, 15th and 16th holes on the way to her sixth top 10 finish in her past seven LPGA starts.
She didn’t think she would wind up back on the course when she walked off after the 18th hole. But as Park and Ryu played their final holes, she went out to practice, thinking she might be in a playoff against two past major champions.
“Yeah, I did feel nerves going in,” Hataoka said through an interpreter. “But on the other hand, I haven’t won a major yet, so I felt like I had nothing to lose.”
U.S. Senior Open
Sooner or later, somebody was bound to make a long putt at the Broadmoor.
David Toms made not just one, but two, at Colorado Springs, Colorado, first to take the lead on the 16th hole, then to protect it on No. 17 and set himself for the win at the U.S. Senior Open.
On a course where the greens perplexed the entire field for four straight days, Toms rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on No. 16, then coaxed in a downhill, 20-foot slider to save par after driving into a fairway bunker on the 530-yard, par-4 17th.
“I knew that with 17 coming up, if I was going to make a birdie, it had to happen on (16),” Toms said. “It was uphill, pretty straight, and I put it right in the middle.”
He shot even-par 70 to walk away a shot ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tim Petrovic and Jerry Kelly in an all-day dog fight; five players were tied for the lead when Toms and Kelly teed off on the 14th hole.
Any of them could’ve won it.
Petrovic (70) hit an approach to 4 feet on 18 to make birdie and get to 2 under. Jimenez (69) made his first long putt of the week — a 16-footer — to also birdie No. 18. Kelly, who led after each of the first three rounds, struggled with the wind and his distance control all week but stayed in it until the last shot. He shot 72 and didn’t make a putt of over 12 feet over the entire tournament.
It left the door open for Toms, the 51-year-old who hadn’t won a tournament on the regular or senior tour in more than seven years.
This major looked a lot like his other one – the PGA Championship in 2001, where his smart layup and par save on the 72nd hole helped him preserve a one-shot win over Phil Mickelson.
This time, Toms found trouble on the 71st hole.
Moments after his go-ahead birdie, his tee shot on 17 rolled to the front edge of a fairway bunker, just beneath an upcropping of grass. Toms chose to lay up, steadying his left foot on the grass, his right foot in the bunker and popping the ball out to 98 yards. His third shot landed past the cup and did not spin — leaving him a tricky downhill 20-footer that he put into the back of the cup.
Safely on in two on the 18th, he hit his birdie putt about 3 feet past, but rammed in a knee-knocker to save par and get the win.
Francesco Molinari delivered a record performance to win the final edition of the Quicken Loans National at Potomac, Maryland.
Molinari holed a 50-foot eagle putt to start the back nine, and he never stopped until he turned the final round into a runaway at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. The Italian closed with an 8-under 62 for an eight-shot victory, matching the largest margin this year on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods shot 66 and tied for fourth, his best finish in three months, though he never got closer than four shots.
Molinari skipped the French Open this week to improve his position in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, and it proved to be the right move.
Ryan Armour finished second, earning one of four spots to the British Open.