Shin beats Creamer at ninth playoff hole
10 Sep 2012 - 16:17:34
Jiyai Shin beat Paula Creamer with a par at the ninth hole of sudden-death on Monday, winning the Kingsmill Championship in the longest playoff involving two players in LPGA history.
The two had battled it out through eight playoff holes -- all the 18th at Kingsmill's River Course -- when darkness halted play on Sunday.
They took the duel to the par-four 16th on Monday morning and needed just the one more hole to decide it.
Creamer hit her first putt some five feet past and her put comming back brushed the edge but didn't drop.
Shin's first putt was three feet short and she made that for par and the win.
South Korea's Shin, a former world number one who like Creamer is seeking a first LPGA Tour title since 2010, said she'd never experienced anything like the marathon playoff.
"I know winning is always tough -- but not this tough," Shin said Sunday night.
The previous longest playoff involving two players on the LPGA Tour was Cristie Kerr's victory at the seventh hole over Seol-An Jeon at the 2004 Takefuji Classic.
Jo Ann Prentice won the 1972 Corpus Christi Open on the 10th hole of a playoff that involved three players.