April 20, 2015 12:51
Kim Sei-young clinched her second LPGA title on Saturday in a dramatic playoff she earned after sinking a tricky chip shot for par on the 18th hole in the final round of the Lotte Championship.
Even more surprising, she claimed the winner's trophy with an unlikely eagle in the playoff with world No. 3 Park In-bee at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.
Once again, it seemed Kim's famous red trousers -- which she often sports as a good luck charm in the final round -- had done the trick.
A win came agonizingly close for Park. She was well on course to save par and lift the trophy after calmly leaving a 20-m downhill birdie shot just 10 cm from the cup on the final hole.
Kim, who teed off with a hybrid shot that sent her ball into the water, barely managed to place the ball on the green on her third stroke, leaving her with a no option but to chip in if she was to stay in the game. Her shot from 6 m landed on green, rolled and rolled -- and miraculously dropped in. Kim dropped her club, raised her arms in the air and clenched her fists in celebration.
The two Koreans returned to the tee box on the 18th for the playoff. The strong winds that had buffeted the field all day showed no sign of letting up, and the players chose their clubs carefully. Kim opted for a 4 iron, while Park pulled out a hybrid club and they teed off.
With their balls on the fairway, a water hazard lay between the golfers and the green. Kim's shot, taken with an 8 iron, landed 154 yards from the hole, bounced off the fringe, again on the green -- and holed in.
It was a truly electrifying moment for everyone watching. Park did her best but the ball did not make it onto the green, and it was game over.
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