If there’s a more clutch shot this year in a major, I haven’t seen it. Okay, Toms’ putt yesterday was pretty clutch. But to set the scene, Sung Hyun Park is paired with 54-hole leader So Yeon Ryu in Sunday’s final group (along with Brooke Henderson) at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Through 15 holes at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, the 24-year old Korean prodigy is 3 under on the day, and sitting at 10-under par, down a shot to her 27-year old compatriot, who’s at 11-under par.
On the par-4 16th hole, Park nearly sends her tee shot into the hazard and is forced to take a dangerous approach over water from some heavy rough. Her attempt comes up short, but her ball is once again saved by the heavy grass surrounding the hazard.
Ryu, meanwhile, is on safely, about 20-feet away for birdie (which, to fast forward, she would make).
Park now needs to get up and down to stay within two of Ryu with just two to play, otherwise it’s pretty much game over.
The 24-year old did just that. And spectacularly!
The rest, as the say, is history. Ryu would dunk her tee shot on the very next hole (No. 17) to drop two shots, leading to a three-way playoff between the two Koreans and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, in which Park claimed victory with a birdie on the second sudden-death hole.
PARK’S PLACE: PHOTOS
How dire was Park’s situation? Check out this nine-photo slideshow below (Slide/click left to navigate). Note, the second photo shows Park’s caddie, David Jones, finding the ball, while in the third he’s holding his thumb and index finger together, indicating, “this close from the water.”
Finally, the photo below will most certainly become iconic 10-20-30 years from now. It’s quite simply epic!