Hannah Green wins LPGA at Wilshire in a playoff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hannah Green of Australia made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join a three-way playoff, and then made par on the second extra hole to win the JM Eagle L.A. Championship on Sunday at Wilshire Country Club.
In a wild finish that featured a five-way tie for the lead late in the final round, Green made birdie for a 2-under 69 to join Aditi Ashok of India and Xiyu Lin of China in the playoff.
Ashok, who had the 36-hole lead, and Lin each closed with a 67 and were the first to post at 9-under 275. Green and Lin birdied the first playoff hole on the par-3 18th.
On the second extra hole at No. 18, Lin hit into a bunker and blasted out to some 18 feet and missed the par putt. That left Green to tap in from two feet for her first LPGA win since September 2019.
Green was emotional and wiping away tears after the win.
“It’s been a long few years,” Green said. “I was playing well last year but getting across the line's been really difficult. I’m proud of myself. I’m really happy.”
Green won for the third time. She captured her lone major in the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA at Hazeltine, and followed that with a win at the Portland Classic that year.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., finished 65th at 7-over. Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., missed the cut.
Ashok had a 15-foot putt that lipped out on the 18th in the playoff, ending her bid for her first LPGA title. Lin made a 12-foot putt, and Green made a four-footer to stay in the game.
Green finished second here last year and third the year before at Wilshire. She won $450,000 from the $3 million purse.
Cheyenne Knight, who had a two-shot lead going into the final round, closed with a 2-over 73 and tied for sixth.
Ruoning Yin won in Los Angeles last month at the DIO Implant L.A. Open at Palos Verdes Golf Club and had a chance to win again. She birdied the par-4 14th to take the lead and then birdied the par-5 15th to build a two-shot lead. But she finished with two bogeys for a 67 to fall to 8 under and miss the playoff.
She started the day with a mindset to have fun, so her caddie tried to just do that in relaying NBA playoff scores.
“When I was on hole 2, my caddie just talked to me, and he said, 'Hey, do you want me to tell you the score?’ I was like, ‘Um, no. We’re just having fun here,’" Yin said. “Finally I found out he was talking about the Warriors versus the Kings.”
She tied for fourth with Ayaka Furue of Japan, who had a 65.
Nelly Korda, the No. 1 player in women's golf, had a 67 and tied for sixth.
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Jill Painter Lopez, The Associated Press