LPGA: Inbee Park beats Catriona Matthew to win LPGA Championship
Last Updated: 10/06/13 4:21pm
Inbee Park kisses the LPGA Championship trophy after a long day's work
World No 1 Inbee Park secured her second major title of the 2013 season after a marathon finish to the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill.
Park beat Scotland's Catriona Matthew in a three-hole play-off after the pair had slogged their way through 36 holes on Sunday thanks to the rain that plagued the early stages of the event.
Defeat was hard to take for Matthew, who had come from seven strokes back in the final round as Park struggled badly to put away the tournament.
Matthew carded a closing round of 68 to reach five-under and then had to sit and wait as the leaders found it difficult to make pars in the closing stages.
Park seized the lead in the morning round when Morgan Pressel couldn't match her round of 68, but she couldn't continue her form during the second round of the day and a fifth dropped shot at the 18th hole meant extra holes at the end of a stamina-sapping day.
Both players parred the 18th and 10th, but Matthew bogeyed the 18th second time around after finding the punishing rough off the tee, and Park took advantage with her par proving enough.
Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot the round of the day, a seven-under par 65, to earn a tie for third place with Pressel on four-under.
"I actually thought I was very lucky to get in the playoff," said Park, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this season. "I just hit it everywhere. I wasn't hitting any fairways. I finally hit three fairways in the playoff."
Matthew added: "When I started today the last round I probably didn't realize I could win. So to play well and get into the playoffs was obviously pretty good. Obviously when you get into it, it's pretty disappointing (to lose), but a overall pretty good week."