5 Things: H.Y. Park outlasts Stanford in Ontario
Hee Young Park notched her second career LPGA victory on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Angela Stanford at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday, making a third consecutive birdie on the par-5 18th hole to win after both players finished 72 holes at 26 under, tying the LPGA record.
Here are 5 Things to take way from Sunday in Waterloo, Ontario:
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1. INSIDE THE PARK: What is it with Parks winning on the LPGA tour?
After Inbee Park won three consecutive tournaments, Hee Young Park used a short birdie putt on the third playoff hole to knock off Angela Stanford.
The 18th hole proved pivotal for both players.
Park, who fired a 6-under 65 Sunday, had some work to do on the 72nd hole, sending her approach shot wide of the green and near the grandstands, while Stanford was on the green. Park would hit a fantastic chip shot to 4 feet and make the putt for birdie to force the playoff after Stanford had two-putted to get to 26 under.
"When we started (the) final round, I just kept reminding (myself) this is just another round," said the South Korean. "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."
Park had a chance to end the playoff on its first hole, but missed an 8-footer for eagle, allowing Stanford's up-and-down for birdie to push the tournament back to the 18th tee box.
"I did everything I could, it just wasn't enough," Stanford said.
Park won $195,000.
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2. GETTING BEAT: Angela Stanford can take solace in one thing: She didn't beat herself.
Stanford shot back-to-back rounds of 64 on the weekend, only to ultimately stay winless for 2013.
"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."
Stanford did get a bit unlucky on the final playoff hole, with her drive finding a depression in the rough.
"By far the worst lie I had all week," she said.
Stanford took home $120,353.
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3. STREAK OVER: U.S. Open champion Inbee Park saw her three-tournament winning streak come to an abrupt halt at Grey Silo on Sunday, finishing with a 3-under 68 that left her at 16 under and 10 shots off the pace.
Park's round Sunday was highlighted by a pair of eagles – both on the back nine – to go with a birdie and two bogeys. She did struggle off the tee on Sunday, hitting only 9 of 14 fairways.
Park has 10 top-25 finishes this season – in only 12 events, including six wins.
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4. WOW, WIE: Michelle Wie finished T-16 – only her third top 25 of the season – after a final-round 66, leaving her at 15 under for the tournament.
"It's pretty crazy that you shoot 15 under and you're not in the top 10, you know," Wie said. "It's a birdie-fest out there."
In a season in which she has missed seven cuts, four rounds in the 60s might indicate that she is making progress with her putting stroke, averaging just over 30 putts a round in Ontario.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: It's not often that you can shoot 23 under over four days and have to settle for third place, but such is life for Scotland's Catriona Matthew after a final-round 66 . . . According to reports, Ariya Jutanugarn is headed to surgery for her injured shoulder. Read the full story here. . . . Only four players – including Anna Nordqvist – finished over par for Sunday's round.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report