Ko surges into contention with strong second round at KPMG

Lydia Ko shot eight birdies to get back in contention at the Women's PGA Championship

But it was Hataoka who blistered Kemper Lakes Golf Club on Sunday with a round of 8-under 64 to storm from behind and move within one shot of Ryu, who had six holes to play when Hataoka signed her scorecard. The two, along with Nasa Hataoka of Japan, finished the 72 holes tied at 10-under.

Hataoka chipped in from a back bunker on No. 7 and added a second eagle on No. 11.

Ryu bounced back with birdies on No. 6 and 7.

On the first playoff hole, Ryu drained a 20-footer for birdie and Park responded to extend with a 15-footer. Park raised her arms and placed her hands on her head before hugging her caddie and wiping away tears.

"Actually, this is my first time feeling this kind of emotion, being this emotional", said Park via an interpreter, admitting she was overwhelmed by happiness once victory was secured.

"It was a really long round today and I still can't believe I'm sitting next to this trophy", Park said. But I think confidence is a huge thing for me, where the swing itself is not too different. "All the hard work paid off and that's what made me cry".

In contention at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday, Henderson wasn't gaining any strokes on the leaders when she made the turn in two-over 38.

But after carding the low round of the week, Hataoka fell on the first of two playoff holes, both of which Park birdied to win her second major following the South Korean's victory at the U.S. Women's Open previous year. In just 14 starts, she has amassed $932,952, which is second most on the LPGA this season.

Hataoka was completely off the radar when the round started with a 54-hole score of two under par.

During the final round, Park had a big save on the par-4 16th hole after she hit her second shot into the water hazard.

In regulation, Park was trailing Ryu by one stroke at 10-under, when she almost put her second shot into water short of the green. Park put herself in a bad position by almost hitting her ball in the water next to the green.

From the awkward stance, Park chopped one out of the fescue and the ball landed softly to within a few feet of the cup. She went right at the pin on the par-3 sixth off the tee and then made about a two-foot putt.

Ryu was able to increase her lead to two shots with a birdie on the same hole, but her tee shot on the 17th went into the water.

Park said she'd never executed a shot like that, but she didn't doubt she could pull it off.

"I struggled a little bit with my putter, which is disappointing", she said.

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