Aditi Ashok finishes 63rd in Women's PGA Championship

Arnold Nichols
July 5, 2018

Hataoka carded three birdies and four bogeys at Kemper Lakes Golf Club to land in a three-way tie at a 2-under 214 total, nine shots behind leader Ryu So-yeon of South Korea. She followed that with a neat one on the par-4 No. 12, when her shot from the rough bounced off the stick and into the cup.

The way she putted, though, the putter was probably the club she wanted to take to the woodshed. Park made a 3-meter (9.8-foot) birdie putt to extend the playoff.

After a misguided approach shot came up short, Park found herself in real trouble with her ball obscured by high grass just inches from the water. But she actually started to sense things turning when she buried a 15-foot birdie putt on 11 and an 8-footer for par on the par-3 13th.

"I did not think I would be in the playoff, but before the tournament started, I thought double digits was a good score to reach for", said Hataoka, who got to 10 under overall to make the playoff. 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 previous year - are well behind her. Last year, she missed the cut in her debut Women's PGA Championship, one of five women's majors.

"KPMG's commitment to elevating women on and off the golf course is exemplified by the selection of Baltusrol Golf Club as the host of the 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship", said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO.

She had five birdies plus two eagles to go with one bogey. Park also shared the Player of the Year honors with Ryu, becoming the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1979 to win these three individual titles.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits on the ninth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Park Sung-hyun poses with a trophy after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday.

It is truly and worldwide leaderboard as the top five players represent four countries, Canada, USA, South Korea and England.

Angel Yin (68) was fourth at 6-under and Bronte Law (69) was 5-under. "And I was really happy, like, I couldn't help that". I did 100 percent effort every shot, every putt. Hataoka, who won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G prior to the KMPG tournament last weekend, had an impressive final round, shooting eight under par, 64.

The last time a Japanese player earned a million dollars in a single-season was 2016 when Haru Nomura pocketed seven figures.

She also won the Meijer LPGA Classic two weeks ago in MI for her sixth LPGA Tour victory.

If she wants to wins more majors she'll need to figure out her play on the greens, and that may need to go beyond an equipment change.

The two-time major champion from South Korea posted one of the few sub-par rounds in the morning at the Kemper Lakes course. Hull has been consistent outside the majors too. The margin? She made four bogies on the day. But a birdie on 18 gave her a strong finish despite the heat.

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