The Asian Age

Ernst claims her first LPGA event

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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.

 ?? — ASIAN AGE ?? S. Ram Kumar Reddy ( right) presents the Dec­can Book­mak­ers Colts Cham­pi­onship Stakes ( Grade III) trophy to trainer S. Gana­p­a­thy ( left) after Bold Majesty won the main event in Hy­der­abad on Mon­day.
— ASIAN AGE S. Ram Kumar Reddy ( right) presents the Dec­can Book­mak­ers Colts Cham­pi­onship Stakes ( Grade III) trophy to trainer S. Gana­p­a­thy ( left) after Bold Majesty won the main event in Hy­der­abad on Mon­day.

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