Apr 02, 2018: The playoff between Inbee Park and Pernilla Lindberg at the ANA Inspiration will continue Monday at 8:00 a.m. PT. The pair played the par 5, 18th hole four times, in which Jennifer Song was eliminated on the third extra hole with a par. Due to darkness, the playoff will resume Monday at the par 4,10th hole and, if needed, continue to the par 3, 17th and then the par 5, 18th.
For the second consecutive year, the winner of the ANA Inspiration will be decided in a playoff. Jennifer Song and Inbee Park fired rounds of 5-under par, 67 to catch 54-hole leader Pernilla Lindberg, who birdied the 72nd hole to play her way into that playoff at 15-under par. Song and Park began the final round at Mission Hills Country Club at 10-under par, four-strokes behind Lindberg.
The group will return to the par 5, 18th hole for a sudden death playoff. If they remain tied, they will continue to play the 18th hole three more times before moving to the par 4, 10th and then the par 3, 17th.
“I have nothing to lose tomorrow,” Lindberg said Sunday evening. “I’ve been out there for a long time today, so I’ll be ready to put my head on the pillow.”
As darkness fell at 7:06 p.m. local time, rules official Donna Mummert asked the pair whether or not they wanted to continue. They took a quick look at each other and immediately agreed. They were able to squeeze in one more trip to the par 5, 18th. When the playoff resumes Monday, the pair will begin with a change in venue at the par 4, 10th hole. They’ll continue at the par 3, 17th and par 5, 18th hole, as needed.
“Finally we’re playing a different hole tomorrow, so I’m excited about that,” Park said Sunday evening. “Hopefully I can warm up really quickly tomorrow morning. I’m not used to a morning tee time after playing late for quite a few days, so it’s an early start for me.”
Park and Lindberg, along with Jennifer Song, who was eliminated on the third playoff hole with a par, played the par 5, 18th hole four times after finishing tied in regulation at 15-under par.
Song earned her second consecutive top-10 in a major championship this week after also finishing seventh at the 2017 Evian Championship.
“I’m kind of disappointed that I wasn’t able to make those putts in the playoffs, but I learned a lot,” Song said after her round. “I’m very grateful, and I’m just loving this moment right now.”
Ariya Jutanugarn and Jessica Korda finished one-stroke outside the playoff at 14-under par. Ariya’s sister, Moriya finished one behind her at 13-under par, along with Charley Hull. Ayako Uehara finished alone at 12-under par, with Caroline Masson, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Sung Hyun Park and Amy Olson rounding out the top-10.