Creamer, Shin tied after 8 playoff holes
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin played until dark, and still couldn't break their deadlock in the Kingsmill Championship.
After they each parred the par-4 18th hole eight times in a playoff Sunday, darkness forced the suspension of play for the day. They will resume Monday morning on the par-4 16th hole.
Both were willing to try to play a ninth extra hole Sunday.
"It's hard when it's just us two and trying to make a decision," Creamer said. "I respect what she wants, and she respects what I want. It's difficult.
"I said, 'Well, let's go back to the tee and see.' And then we talked about it a little bit, and we were like, 'OK, let's just play.' I teed it up, and it was like, 'Oh, my goodness.' My (white-headed) driver was brighter than the golf ball sitting down there, and I'm thinking this probably isn't a good idea. I looked at Jiyai, and Jiyai said, 'No.'"
The playoff is the longest between two players in LPGA Tour history, breaking the mark of seven set in Cristie Kerr's victory over Seol-An Jeon in the 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic. Jo Ann Prentice won the longest playoff overall, taking the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open on the 10th extra hole.
"It just was really long tough day, but it will be good experience for us," Shin said. "And well, first couple holes of the playoff I was really, really nervous, but after that I started getting comfortable with it, the playoff. It's just like so weird. But we're coming back tomorrow, so hopefully play because we have to go to England for the British Open."
Creamer took a one-stroke lead into the final hole of regulation, but three-putted — missing a 5-footer for par — for a bogey to fall into the playoff. Creamer finished with an even-par 71, and Shin shot a 69, leaving them tied at 16 under on Kingsmill's River Course.
They had already missed their flight to England for the Women's British Open.
"I don't think I said anything to (her caddie) Colin (Cann) until I think the seventh playoff hole," Creamer said. "I said, 'I don't think we're going to make our charter.' He said, 'No, I don't think so. It leaves in 20 minutes or something.' It wasn't like we were thinking British, British, British, but yeah, we want to get there, too."
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