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Golf: Koreans oust top-seeded Americans from LPGA Crown

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:37 AM
 
South Korea’s Park In Bee preparing to tee off on the final hole during the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club on 1 March 2014. Park In-Bee and Ryu So-Yeon each birdied a sudden-death playoff hole Saturday to lift South Korea over the United States at the LPGA International Crown, eliminating the top-seeded Americans from the match-play event. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

BALTIMORE (AFP) - Park In-Bee and Ryu So-Yeon each birdied a sudden-death playoff hole Saturday to lift South Korea over the United States at the LPGA International Crown, eliminating the top-seeded Americans from the match-play event.

Spain and Sweden swept Saturday's final four-ball matches 4-0 to advance into Sunday's singles matches, eliminating Taiwan and Australia, while Japan split with South Korea and Thailand split with the US women 2-2 to book berths in the decisive session.

That left the second-seeded Koreans and the hosts to fight for one last spot with Park and Ryu playing Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson on the par-5 16th with the second player's score used as a tie-breaker.

Park dropped her third shot seven feet from the cup, Thompson left herself 12 feet for birdie, Kerr rolled a putt to four feet and Ryu chipped two feet from the hole.

 
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