PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Inbee 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.
On the playoff hole on Monroe Golf Club’s par-4 18th, Park hit her second into the rough behind the hole. Lincicome hit her approach to the left fringe, nearly identical to her position on the final hole of regulation when she made a bogey to fall in the playoff.
Lincicome chipped 6 feet past the hole and failed to convert for bogey. Park, the winner last year at Locust Hill in a playoff with Catriona Matthew, chipped to 3 feet and calmly sank her par putt for the victory.
Park finished with a 2-under 70 to match Lincicome at 11-under 276. Lincicome had a 71.
The South Korean player won her fifth major title and fourth in the last two seasons
Seventeen-year-old rookie Lydia Ko of New Zealand, seeking to become the youngest major winner in LPGA history, shot a 70 to finish third at 8-under.
Yang beats Conners in final of U.S. Amateur
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — 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. Along the way, he beat five players inside the top 100, including the 44th-ranked Conners.
The 20-year-old Yang, a San Diego State player, never trailed in the 36-hole final at Atlanta Athletic Club, pushing his lead to 2 up with four to play by rolling in an 18-foot birdie putt at No. 14. He closed out the match with a tap-in par at No. 17, the 35th hole.
The South Korean was 1 up after the morning round. Afternoon play was halted by a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes.
Bernhard Langer wins again on Champions Tour
ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Sunday 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. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Sutherland, the second-round leader, had five bogeys – four on the first 10 holes – and three birdies in the final round. Playing his third Champions Tour event since turning 50 in June, he finished at 12-under.
Austin had a 65, and O’Meara shot.
Langer, tied for fifth with Bob Charles on the tour victory list, earned $277,500 to increase his tour-leading total to $2,652,520. The German has three victories in his last five starts.
Warren holds off Dredge to win Made in Denmark
AALBORG, Denmark — Scotland’s Marc Warren held off Bradley Dredge to win Made in Denmark by two shots Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 in the last round to secure his third European Tour title.
Warren and Dredge were tied atop the leaderboard overnight but Warren surged ahead with three birdies on his first eight holes to open up a four-shot lead. He made two more birdies coming home and could afford his second bogey on the day on the 18th hole for a 9-under 275 total.
Dredge finished with a 70 after mixing six birdies with five bogeys.
England’s Phillip Archer finished third, another three shots back.
Play was delayed by about 90 minutes by rain, but Warren took advantage of the slightly lighter winds following Saturday’s gusts at the first European Tour event in Denmark since 2003.