LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Nasa Hataoka and Gaby Lopez couldn’t settle who would take house the Diamond Lodges Match of Champions trophy sooner than darkness fell Sunday at 4 Seasons Golfing and Sports activities Membership Orlando.
They’ll go back Monday at eight a.m. ET to select up the place they left off after 5 sudden-death holes (you’ll watch survive Golfing Channel).
Hataoka, Lopez and Inbee Park all ended law at 13 below with Park eradicated on the 3rd playoff hollow after pulling her tee shot left within the water.
John Smoltz didn’t want further holes to protect his name within the superstar pro-am department.
Smoltz, the previous Atlanta Braves pitcher and Fox MLB analyst, racked up 39 issues Sunday within the modified-Stableford structure to carry off some bold challengers. He completed at 150 issues general, 9 higher than Mardy Fish and 12 higher than Mark Mulder.
Chad Pfeifer, a disabled army veteran who misplaced his decrease left leg within the Iraqi battle, completed fourth, 14 issues again.
Golfing Channel’s Blair O’Neal, taking part in 6th months pregnant, completed 6th, 21 issues again
The LPGA’s season opener completed below lighting across the 18th inexperienced. It’s already the longest LPGA playoff since Pernilla Lindberg defeated Park over 8 further holes on the ANA Inspiration in 2018. The longest LPGA playoff in historical past got here on the Kingsmill Championship in 2012, when Jiyai Shin defeated Paula Creamer over 9 holes.
Hataoka and Lopez will likely be taking a look to finish their playoff as temporarily as conceivable. Sunday’s motion used to be suspended at 6:04 p.m. ET.
Lopez closed out a 5-under 66 in dramatic model, holing an 18-foot birdie putt on the final to get into the playoff after Hataoka and Park couldn’t birdie the 18th coming house at the back of her.
Hataoka closed out with a 68. She and Lopez made pars on every of the 5 playoff holes, all staged on the 18th, a 197-yard par 3.
Complete-field ratings from the Diamond Lodges Match of Champions
“It used to be truly laborious to learn the vegetables, so we completed,” Hataoka mentioned.
Hataoka, 21, is looking for her fourth LPGA name, Lopez, 26, is looking for her 2d.
“I’m so satisfied to be right here,” Lopez mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t believe how satisfied, how blessed, how lucky I think. This chance is precisely what I search for on a daily basis of my lifestyles.”
After taking a penalty and re-teeing to hit her 3rd shot, Park virtually holed out.
“As of late’s spherical itself used to be disappointing,” Park mentioned. “I didn’t hit many pictures shut or make a large number of putts.”
Park took a two-shot lead into the general spherical however a 71 wasn’t just right sufficient to near out.
“That is simplest first match again, for 2020,” Park mentioned. “I’ve already performed just right golfing this week, simply now not nice lately.”