Shin outlasts Creamer after record nine-hole playoff
South Korea’s Shin Ji-yai recorded a par on the ninth extra hole to outlast American Paula Creamer in the longest playoff in LPGA history at the delayed Kingsmill Championship on Monday.
Shin and Creamer were forced to return to the course after they had battled through eight playoff holes on Sunday before play was suspended due to darkness.
On resumption, it only took one hole for the 24-year-old Shin to clinch the tournament and register her first victory since 2010.
“I feel like I took a bit of a long time for the win but I’m really happy it’s coming quick,” former world number one Shin told reporters.
Both players finished their four rounds at 16-under-par to set up the marathon duel.
Creamer, the 2010 US Open champion, three-putted the green of the final playoff hole to seal her fate.
“I thought I hit a great putt, the first one,” Creamer said. “I felt good over the next one.”
The LPGA players will now prepare for this week’s Women’s British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.