Park: 'That was a Champion's Putt' by Lindberg

  • Park: 'That was a Champion's Putt' by Lindberg

Park: 'That was a Champion's Putt' by Lindberg

"I felt calm out there".

Park said her putting cost her in the playoff, but she remained upbeat about her performance. "I mean, even if I didn't win today, I felt like I put up good play this week". "I just knew I could, and I just kept fighting away".

"The morning greens were a little bit slower than I anticipated, I hit a couple putts short".

"I'm a little bit disappointed, but I'm really happy the way I played this week", Park said.

Lindberg scrambled for pars on the first four holes on the back nine, ran in an 18-foot birdie putt on 14 and made a 25-footer for par on 15 for a two-stroke swing. The ball landed just above the yellow line marking the water hazard, and Park saved par from there to stay in the playoff.

Pernilla Lindberg, of Sweden, pumps her fist after sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole during the eighth playoff round to win the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament over Inbee Park at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Monday, April 2, 2018.

Play resumed at 8 a.m. on No. 10, with Lindbergh leaving a birdie putt from a little lower on the green than her victor an inch short. Park followed with a 4-footer in the next group, and Lindberg matched her in the final group.

By coincidence, Lindberg continues the streak of all Swedish major winners having a major as their first LPGA victory. I couldn't believe it when that last putt went in. I hit a couple putts short. "But to be able to do this, wire-to-wire, under the pressure, playing against Inbee, it just proves so many things to myself that I just should never doubt myself again". "But she didn't. It's mine!"

Park's and Lindberg's birdie putts dropped in, sending the last two women standing back to the 18th tee for the fourth time in near darkness. "You really can't beat that", Park said.

Tied for the lead, Jutanugarn went for the par-five 18th hole in two shots.

The playoff began with Lindberg, Park and Jennifer Song all making par on the first two holes. Song finished at par on the third playoff while Park and Lindberg both birdied to take it back to the top. They finished at 7:21 p.m., 15 minutes after sunset.

Park won in 2013 at Mission Hills and is a seven-time major champion. Lindberg slightly outdrove Park, but faced a second shot that was 127 yards to the pin and over a bunker.

"Inbee's one of the best female golfers of all time", said Lindberg, whose best major performance thus far is a tie for fifth at the 2015 U.S. Women's Open.

"Since I was a kid". "I remember writing goals when I was [in] high school to win a major, and I thought it was too good of a dream to come true, but it has".

Park, who carded a 67 to force the playoff, said she knew all along just how low she had to go to have a shot at the title.

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The eight-hole playoff was the longest sudden-death playoff in LPGA major championship history.

At that point in regulation, four players were still on the course, including Park, who watched from the fairway as Song stroked in her putt.