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Well it took 8 ex­tra holes that

ran into an ex­tra day be­cause of fail­ing light and a mag­i­cal 30 foot putt to seal the deal, but for the second con­sec­u­tive year the win­ner of the ANA Inspiration was de­cided in a play­off.

In reg­u­lar play Jen­nifer Song and In­bee Park fired rounds of 5-un­der par, 67 to catch 54-hole leader Pernilla Lind­berg, who birdied the 72nd hole to play her way into that play­off at 15-un­der par. Song and Park had be­gun the fi­nal round at Mis­sion Hills Coun­try Club at 10-un­der par, four-strokes be­hind Lind­berg.

The group re­turned to the par 5, 18th hole for the sud­den death play­off. As they re­main tied, they con­tin­ued to play the 18th hole three more times be­fore mov­ing to the par 4, 10th and then the par 3, 17th. They played the par 5, 18th hole four times, in which Jen­nifer Song was elim­i­nated on the third ex­tra hole with a par.

Due to dark­ness, the play­off re­sumed on the Mon­day (our Tues­day) at the par 4, 10th hole and un­der the rules, if needed, would con­tinue to the par 3, 17th and then the par 5, 18th.

To say this tour­na­ment had ev­ery­thing, is to sell short the drama that un­folded. There were two sis­ter acts in the mix and among those who made ap­pear­ances on the fi­nal-round leader­board were a few who had never won a ma­jor – Jes­sica Korda, Charley Hull and Caro­line Mas­son among them – and a slew who had never even won a reg­u­lar LPGA event, in­clud­ing Lind­berg, Song, Nelly Korda, Jodi Ewart Shad­off, Ayako Ue­hara, Moriya Ju­tanu­garn and Amy Ol­son.

Lind­berg started the tour­na­ment at 95 in the Rolex Rank­ings and has dreamt of win­ning a ma­jor since she was a teenager.

“I re­mem­ber writ­ing some goals in high school about the dream sce­nario to win a ma­jor and leave a mark in his­tory,” said Lind­berg. “It felt like too big a dream to come true but it has.”

Ly­dia Ko who started rea­son­able well fin­ished T20th. A cred­i­ble re­sult given all the cir­cum­stances.

Pernilla Lind­berg and In­bee Park dur­ing the 2018 ANA Inspiration.

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