Pernilla Lindberg wins ANA Inspiration upon 8th extra hole

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Pernilla Lindberg made a 30-foot birdie putt on the eighth additional hole to win the ANA Inspiration on Monday for her very first professional victory.

Lindberg finished off Inbee Park around the par-4 10th, the fourth playoff gap Monday at Mission Hills once they played until it was too dark to find out – and then played some more – Sunday night.

Recreation area had a chance to force another, yet her 20-footer stopped on the advantage of the cup.

The particular 31-year-old Swede, with fiance Daniel Taylor at her side since her caddie, won the major tournament in her 250th start on the particular LPGA, Ladies European and Symetra tours.

On Weekend, Jennifer Song dropped out using a par on the third playoff opening, and Park and Lindberg made a decision to take one more trip down the par-5 18th in fading light. Along with portable lights and the scoreboard assisting illuminate the green, Park holed a 6-footer for par plus Lindberg made a short putt to fit. They finished at 7: twenty one p. m., 15 minutes after sun.

Play resumed from 8 a. m. on Number 10, with Lindbergh leaving the birdie putt from a little cheaper on the green than her champion an inch short. They produced up-and-down pars on the par-3 seventeenth, with Park holing a challenging 8-foot downhill putt and Lindberg staying alive from a foot nearer.

Lindberg then achieved the 18th in two – the first time one of them went for it within the six times they played the particular par 5 in the playoff plus regulation – but was on the significantly left side and was just able to get her eagle putt within 7 feet. Park placed up and hit a sand wedge to 8 feet. They each missed.

Lindberg, Recreation area and Song birdied the eighteenth in regulation. Song got fifteen under first with a 5-foot putt, Park followed with a 4-footer within the next group and Lindberg matched the girl in the final group. Park plus Song shot 5-under 67, plus Lindberg had a 71.

Lindberg is the fourth player in order to lead wire-to-wire in the event and 1st since Pat Hurst in 1998, and the fifth to win the particular tournament for her first LPGA Trip victory. She’ s the 6th Swedish female major champion, becoming a member of Liselotte Neumann, Helen Alfredsson, Jenny Lidback (born in Peru in order to Swedish parents), Annika Sorenstam plus Anna Nordqvist – and all of all of them won a major for her first LPGA Tour title.

Recreation area won in 2013 at Objective Hills and is a seven-time main champion. The 29-year-old Hall associated with Famer won the Founders Mug two weeks ago in Phoenix on her 19th tour title, a day right after revealing she was 50-50 regarding retiring before returning from a lengthy break. She returned to play per month ago in Singapore after not really playing since the Women’ s Uk Open in August.

Jessica Korda and Ariya Jutanugarn finished a stroke out of the playoff.