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LPGA: Kerr downs Pettersen in LPGA Kingsmill playoff

AFP, WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia

Cristie Kerr hits her second shot on the fifth hole in the final round of the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Sunday.

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Cristie Kerr parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win the LPGA Kingsmill Championship ahead of Norway’s Suzann Pettersen.

Pettersen had not made a bogey all day, notching four birdies in a four-under-par 67 to join overnight leader Kerr on 12-under-par 272.

Kerr, a winner at Kingsmill in 2005 and 2009, had four birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to maintain a share of the lead and force the playoff.

Kerr said she was motivated by having family in the gallery.

“It’s the first time my dad got to see me win, so it’s really special for me,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t going to lose, not today, not with my dad here.”

Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn, who had seized the first-round lead on Thursday with a scintillating 64, finished strong with a 66 to share third on 274 with South Korean Lee Il-hee, who carded a 67.

Americans Angela Stanford and Stacy Lewis were tied on 275, Stanford with a final-round 69 and Lewis a 70.

World No. 1 Inbee Park of South Korea finished alone in sixth place after a 67 for 276.

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng carded a one-over 72 to finish tied for 24th place on 284, while her compatriot Candie Kung was a further 12 shots off the pace after a 75.

It was the second straight year the Kingsmill Championship was determined in a playoff. Last year, Shin Ji-yai beat Paula Creamer in a nine-hole epic that finished on Monday after darkness halted play.

On Sunday, Kerr and Pettersen played the 18th hole for both playoffs.

Kerr missed a five-foot birdie attempt on the first extra hole to force the second playoff hole.

The American hit her second shot to about 20 feet from the cup, while Pettersen’s second shot rolled off the back of the green. Pettersen’s third halted 15 feet short of the pin.

Kerr tapped in on her second putt for her 16th career LPGA Tour title.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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