PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Calm under the intense pressure of a playoff at a major, South Korean Inbee Park added another title to her impressive LPGA Tour résumé.
Park successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to end the United States’ major streak at three.
I didn’t feel that nervous at all today, said Park, also a playoff winner last year. But once I got to the tee on the playoff hole, I just felt the nerves right away. It was like a replay of last year and experience definitely helped me out. I think I was able to stay calm.
The victory came on a bittersweet day when the LPGA Tour bade farewell to Rochester after 38 years. Next year, the tour will team with the PGA of America to run the Women’s PGA Championship. The 2015 event will be played at Westchester Country Club near New York City.
Poised to win her second major and keep that American streak alive, Lincicome’s nerves got the best of her at the end after leading all day.
Park finished with a 2-under 70 to match Lincicome at 11-under 276. Lincicome had a 71.
Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, trying to become the youngest major winner in LPGA history, shot a 70 to finish third at 8 under. Spain’s Azahara Munoz (70) and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (71) tied for fourth at 6 under.
PGA: In Greensboro, North Carolina, Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a stroke for his first PGA Tour victory since 2010.
Villegas shot a 7-under 63 and finished at 17-under 263.
CHAMPIONS: In Endicott, New York, Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh.
The 56-year-old Langer closed with a bogey-free 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara.
EUROPEAN: In Aalborg, Denmark, Scotland’s Marc Warren held off Bradley Dredge to win Made in Denmark by two shots, shooting a 3-under 68 in the last round for a 9-under 275 to secure his third European Tour title.
Dredge finished with a 70 after mixing six birdies with five bogeys.
U.S. AMATEUR: In Johns Creek, Georgia, South Korea’s Gunn Yang has completed his improbable run to the U.S. Amateur title with a 2-and-1 victory over Canada’s Corey Conners. At No. 776, Yang became the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the country’s biggest title for non-professional golfers.
WEB.COM: In Knoxville, Tennessee, Martin Piller won the News Sentinel Open at Fox Den to give himself a chance to earn a PGA Tour card through the regular-season money list.
Piller finished at 22-under 262 for his third career Web.com Tour title.