The Asian Age
Ernst claims her first LPGA event
Portland ( USA), Sept. 1: American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In- Kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic on Sunday.
Ernst’s victory was her first on the LPGA Tour and she also prevented a podium sweep as three of the top four on the leaderboard were from South Korea.
The 22- year- old Ernst closed with a five- under 67. She ended at 14- under- par 274. Kim posted a fourunder 68 to join Ernst at minus- 14.
Ernst, who is in her second year on the Tour, said with this victory she no longer feels like an outsider.
Ernst’s previous best finish came at this event last year when she shot a 62 in the third round.
Kim and Ernst returned to the 18th hole at Columbia Edgewater Country Club for the playoff. Both found the fairway off the tee.
Kim’s approach stopped in the right fringe before Ernst landed her shot on the green.
Kim played her third shot to about six feet. Ernst saw her birdie try roll past the left edge of the cup.
Ernst easily knocked in her par putt and claimed the title.