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Hee Young Park wins Canada LPGA event in playoff

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm •  Published: July 14, 2013
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WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Hee Young Park and Angela Stanford both put up birdies on their first three tries at the 18th hole at Grey Silo Golf Course on Sunday.

Stanford finally blinked on the deciding playoff hole and Park kept her birdie streak alive for the victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Both players tied the LPGA Tour record for lowest total score at 26-under 258. It would take three playoff holes — all on the 471-yard, par-5 finishing hole — before Park ended the drama by hitting a short putt for her second career LPGA victory.

"When we started (the) final round, I just kept reminding (myself) this is just another round," Park said. "It doesn't matter (if it's the) final round or a first round, keep it simple and just think about always (hitting) my target."

She hit the target when it counted, reaching the green in two on the deciding hole. Stanford, meanwhile, needed three shots to get on the back fringe and her long birdie putt ended up a few feet short.

Park hit her 45-foot eagle putt to within a few feet of the cup. She hit the birdie, raised her fist in the air and later threw the ball into the grandstand surrounding the green.

The effort capped a remarkable week for the 26-year-old South Korean, who recorded a career-best 61 on the par-71 course a day earlier. Stanford closed with a 64, while Park, who had a one-shot lead on the American after three rounds, had a 65.

"If somebody would have told me you're going to shoot 64 today and not win, I would have thought they were crazy," Stanford said. "So for me to shoot 64-64 on the weekend, you know, it's good for me but it's not a 'W', so you play to win."

Scotland's Catriona Matthew had a 66 and settled for third place at 23 under. South Korea's Inbee Park (68) finished well back at 16 under, ending her three-tournament winning streak.

Matthew made a move early in the round. She picked up her third straight birdie on No. 7 to move into first place, leaving Stanford and Park a shot behind.

The trio quickly moved ahead of the pack as they approached the turn.

Matthew birdied Nos. 11 and 12 but a bogey on the 15th hole snuffed her momentum. Stanford had seven birdies over a bogey-free round, while Park went on a tear with three birdies over her last four holes heading into No. 18.

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