Korean Ryu So-yeon captures 2nd career LPGA major

South Korea's Ryu So Yeon won the ANA Inspiration with a birdie at the first play-off hole on Sunday, beating Lexi Thompson after the American was left in tears by a rules fiasco that cost her four strokes.

The violation-Thompson marked her ball on the green on the 17th hole but failed to place the ball back in the same spot when returning it-was not brought to the attention of LPGA rules officials in the middle of the final round when they received an email altering them to the error.

The 22-year-old Thompson had a three-shot lead and appeared to be cruising to her second major victory when LPGA Tour rules officials informed her of the penalty with six holes to play.

On Sunday, Thompson had a two-shot edge, at 16-under, and was walking off the 12th green when a tourney official told her she was suddenly two behind in the first major of the season.

"I played fantastic golf all day", Pettersen said.

Lexi tied it up with a birdie and Pettersen, who finished with a par on the 17th, a hole she'd consistently birdied in the previous three rounds, settled for a 3-way tie for third with Minjee Lee and Inbee Park.

"It's great to have the fan base that I do, and they really got me through the whole round", Thompson said.

Tiger Woods led the chorus of golfers calling for television viewers not to allowed to influence a tournament.

"I definitely want to get some rest", Kerr said. "So I shook my hand so much, and then my brain was just going insane", said Ryu, who was joined on the jump by her mother (Kywang-Ja Cho), sister (So-Myung Ryu), manager (Sang-Jin Jang) and caddie (Tom Watson). "It's a hard thing to do, and it made me sick, to be honest with you".

Thompson, who came up just short with an eagle putt that would have sealed a remarkable victory at the last, took to Instagram to sum up a dramatic turn of events.

"Viewers at home should not be officials wearing stripes", tweeted Woods.

"Is this a joke?" she asked.

"I didn't expect what happened to Lexi and it was a very unfortunate situation", said the Korean, now a dual major champion after her 2011 US Open triumph.

Her wait finally ended today, as she birdied the first playoff hole to win the title over Lexi Thompson and earn the honor of jumping into Poppie's Pond.

"The leaderboard is packed behind me". Unusual and Wagner went on to win those respective tournaments, while McCallister settled for a third-place finish.

Ko rallied over the closing holes to defeat a stumbling Ariya Jutanugarn past year and capture her second straight major. "I'm just going to go out there and play my own game, just focus on one shot at a time and doing my routine like I have been the last three days".

Ryu almost put her playoff approach shot into the water, but got up and down with a 6-foot birdie putt to win.

  • Carolyn Briggs