Bronte Law misses out as Sei Young Kim wins play-off in California
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 06/05/19 11:55am
Bronte Law narrowly missed out on equalling LPGA Tour history after falling just short in her bid for a maiden victory at the LPGA Mediheal Championship.
The Englishwoman began the final round in California 10 strokes off the pace but surged up the leaderboard with a round-of-the-day 65 at Lake Merced Golf Club, setting the clubhouse target at seven under.
Law's bogey-free final round was enough to force a play-off alongside Jeonghun Lee and South Korea's Sei Young Kim, who birdied the first sudden-death hole to register her eighth LPGA Tour title.
Victory for Law would have seen her equal the biggest final-round comeback in LPGA Tour history, while Kim's success lifts her from 21st to sixth in the Race to the CME Globe.
Law opened with six consecutive pars and followed a birdie at the par-four seventh with four consecutive gains from the ninth, before making an eagle at the par-five 15th to bolster her hopes of a maiden LPGA Tour title.
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The 24-year-old tied the tournament record despite missing a 12-foot birdie chance at the par-five last, only for Lee to move alongside her after eagling the 15th and picking up shots on two of her last three holes.
Charley Hull also threatened the lead when she eagled the 15th to get within one but then bogeyed the next hole, as playing partner Kim made a final-hole birdie to extend the contest to extra holes.
Hull finished two strokes off the pace in tied-fourth alongside Amy Kang, Lexi Thompson and Eun-Hee Ji, who all posted one-under 71s in cool and breezy conditions.