Sung Hyun Park birdied the first sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Lizette Salas for her third LPGA victory of the season at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
Park entered her final day at Brickyard Crossing down two strokes to Salas but after posting a 4-under 68 to Salas’ 70, the two were deadlocked after 72 holes at 23-under par.
After Salas missed her birdie putt from about 30 feet on the first overtime hole, the 24-year old Korean drained a 15 footer for birdie to claim her fifth career LPGA Tour victory.
Coupled with Ariya Jutanugarn’s T7 finish, Park is projected to return to the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings on Monday. Next week, Park will be the defending champion at the CP Women’s Open.
“My goal for this year was three wins, so this win was one of the three wins, I got my goal,” said Park, who also won the KPMG Women’s PGA in a playoff. “I’ve been trying hard and now hopefully will win again. That’s my goal.”
Following a final-round 69, Amy Yang finished solo three at 22-under par, one clear of Jin Young Ko (67).
Danielle Kang (66) and Angel Yin (67) were tied for fifth at 19 under.
FINAL TOP 5
POS-PLAYER-SCORE (FINAL ROUND)
1. Sung Hyun Park -23 (-4)
2. Lizette Salas -23 (-2)
3. Amy Yang -22 (-3)
4. Jin Young Ko -20 (-5)
5. Danielle Kang -19 (-6)
5. Angel Yin -19 (-5)
*Won in playoff
You missed the first putt on 18, you had the second chance. What was going through your head the second time?
SUNG HYUN PARK: “Not nervous at all. And then because the Salas missed the putt, felt a little bit like relieved, and that I could make it. And I made it as putted.”