What You Missed From Weekend at KPMG Major

What You Missed From Weekend at KPMG Major

The 19-year-old Hataoka was coming off her first tour victory at the NW Arkansas Championship last week and almost pulled out this one even though began the day all but out of contention.

The PGA of America announced that historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield will host two of its pillar championships: the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2023 and the PGA Championship in 2029.

In taking the title she becomes just the third Korean to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Park Sung-hyun won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday, defeating Ryu So-yeon in a tense playoff at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in IL.

But it was Hataoka who blistered Kemper Lakes Golf Club on Sunday with a round of 8-under 64 to storm from behind and move within one shot of Ryu, who had six holes to play when Hataoka signed her scorecard.

Park rolled in birdie putts on both playoff holes, the second one dropping in at the par 4, 16th hole after a 20-minute weather delay. She raised her hands over her head in celebration before hugging her caddy, David Jones, and shedding some tears. Ryu finished at 1-over 73 on the round after three previous rounds in the 60s. With a 2-shot lead, her tee shot sailed left of the green into the water hazard.

A playoff was only needed after Park missed a birdie putt on the 18th, which would have given her the win on the final hole. She grabbed two titles, including her first major at the U.S. Women's Open, en route to sweeping the money title and the Rookie of the Year award.

Nine strokes behind Ryu entering the day, the 19-year-old Hataoka almost pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in LPGA Tour history.

Jessica Korda, who shot 68, and Angel Yin (71) finished three strokes back of the playoff in a tie for fourth.

England's Charley Hull was a shot behind after a final-round 67, sharing sixth place with Canada's Brooke Henderson, who began the day second but faded with a 74.

"I feel like I can really depend on my tee shots and my long game", she said. "I'm starting to play better so I'm going to ride this momentum going into the next two weeks".

Park almost took a one-shot lead at the 17th, but her long birdie attempt lipped out. Ryu and Park traded birdies to set up a one-on-one showdown to decide the tournament. With this major title, Park's early season woes - which saw her miss two cuts in seven starts with one top-10, after not missing any in 23 events past year - are well behind her.

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