Hee Young Park beats Angela Stanford in a play-off to win LPGA Classic
Hee Young Park edged out Angela Stanford in a tense play-off to snatch the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic title.
Last Updated: 15/07/13 12:05am
Park and Stanford both birdied the final hole in regulation to finish tied for the lead on 26 under par, three clear of halfway leader Catriona Matthew.
American veteran Stanford had looked destined to take outright victory when she made three birdies in a row from the 11th to jump into a three-shot lead.
But the South Korean, who dropped only two shots in 72 holes, birdied four of the final five holes to card a 65 while Stanford's closing four capped a 64 as she ended the tournament with just one bogey all week.
The first two extra holes - both at the par-five 18th - were halved in birdies, but Stanford then failed to make her four at the third time of asking and Park held her nerve to roll in the winning birdie putt and secure her second LPGA Tour title.
Scotland's Matthew had vaulted back into contention with four birdies over the first seven holes and two more at the 11th and 12th.
But she lost ground on the top two with a bogey at 15, and she could only par in to return a 66 which earned her outright third place.
Meena Lee was a further three shots behind, while France's Karen Icher stormed into fifth on 19 under after closing with a flawless eight-under 63.
Stacey Lewis and Suzann Pettersen, ranked two and three in the world respectively, finished on 18 under, while world No 1 Inbee Park was two further back despite two eagles on the inward half in her 68.