Annie Park wins Symetra Tour event in playoff
MILWAUKEE (AP) Annie Park won the PHC Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour victory in three weeks, beating Lee Lopez with a 15-foot birdie on the third hole of a playoff.
Park closed with a 72, birdieing the final two holes in regulation to match Lopez at 5-under 211 at Brown Deer Park. Lopez had three back-nine bogeys in a 75.
''I knew that Lee was going to make any putt that was out there, so I knew that I had to do something on my end,'' Park said. ''It was a difficult three playoff holes to decide the match.''
Park, the 20-year-old former Southern California player from Levittown, New York, earned $15,000 to jump from 15th to seventh on the money list with $42,596 in six starts since turning pro. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
''I'm really happy to be out here and to compete with some of the best players in the world,'' Park said. ''I'm pretty speechless right now.''
Park won the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic two weeks ago in Rochester, New York.
She hit inside 5 feet on the final two holes of regulation to set up her birdies.
''Honestly, I was putting horrifically and I just told myself, `Hit it as close as you can.' And then was like, `Please make it,'' Parks said. ''I was praying to God the whole time, so just to make those last two putts was a big confidence booster.''
Park's mother, Ann, caddied for her in both victories.
''She's pretty crazy out there,'' Park said. ''I'm so glad that she's out there keeping me calm and keeping me excited at the same time.''
Lopez also lost in a playoff in the Volvik Championship in March and has runner-up finishes this season. The former UCLA player made $9,925 to go from sixth to second on the money list with $51,774.
''I played really good,'' Lopez said. ''You have to make your opponent beat you and that's what I made her do. She had to birdie to get the win. I hit the ball really well, but it just wasn't my time. Hopefully, that will come soon.''
Elizabeth Nagel and Thailand's Nontaya Srisawang tied for third at 1 under. Nagel shot 76, and