Former Cowgirl Wins First LPGA Major

Former Cowgirl Wins First LPGA Major

Former Cowgirl Wins First LPGA Major

Lindberg's victory was her first on the LPGA Tour - only the fifth time a player has made the ANA Inspiration their maiden triumph. But Lindberg pushed her birdie attempt wide of the hole and had to regroup to make a short putt to force an eighth playoff hole - returning to No. 10.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - They played four extra holes and practically needed glow balls to do it, but the crowning of this year's ANA Inspiration champion will have to wait one more day. Lindberg finished off Inbee Park on the par-4 10th, the fourth playoff hole of the day at Mission Hills after they played until it was too dark too see Sunday night. Song was eliminated on the third playoff hole with a par, while Park and Lindberg remained tied after both scored pars on the fourth playoff hole. The former Oklahoma State player added a 35-footer for birdie on the par-3 eighth.

Swede Pernilla Lindberg made her first LPGA victory a major when she when she won a marathon playoff at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California yesterday. She shot a 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Lindberg.

"I didn't make many mistakes, but I just couldn't make the putts", Park said. "The palm tree in the middle with my ball flight is just really hard to hit a driver over it". So I hit a 3-wood and made enough par saves to keep on playing. After missing the latter part of last season with back problems, Park has bounced back nicely this year.

The LPGA's 2018 ANA Inspiration seemed destined for drama even before the playoff began. I couldn't believe it when that last putt went in.

They'll continue playing at 11 a.m.

"I've played a lot of golf in my life, and I just feel like the pieces are kind of falling together", Lindberg said.

Park came within inches of not making it this far.

Park laid up on her second shot on the par-5, 493-yard hole, in front of the creek that guards the green.

Park won in 2013 at Mission Hills and is a seven-time major champion. "I'm excited to be in the position that I'm in and just give myself a learning opportunity".

Park, world No. 9, started the final round four strokes behind Lindberg, the overnight leader.

Jessica Korda (66) and Ariya Jutanugarn (65) were a stroke back.

Known for her cool composure, Park also showed great sportsmanship when commenting about her loss to Lindberg.

"I had fun", Lindberg said. "And if I can do the same tomorrow, I will be able to live with whatever result I get at the end".

Returning to her carry over playoff battle with seven-time major victor, Inbee Park, at 8.00am on Monday morning California time after darkness had brought a halt to play on Sunday evening, Lindberg would eventually win at the 8th extra hole hole after holing a 30 footer slam dunk at the 10th hole of the Dinah Shore layout at Rancho Mirage.

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