Pernilla Lindberg wins ANA Inspiration on 8th extra hole

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Pernilla Lindberg lifted the ANA Inspiration on Monday after beating Inbee Park in a play-off that lasted eight holes.

The victory on Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course was Lindberg's first career LPGA Tour win and it came against stiff competition in Park, who has 19 LPGA titles and seven majors. Song, a 28-year-old American with no career LPGA Tour wins, dropped out of the playoff when she parred the third playoff hole.

"I just know I'm a grinder", Lindberg said. "I'm going to do this, '" Lindberg said.

"I've probably given my dad I don't know how many heart attacks over the last few days", Pernilla said. "So to even have a chance to go out and beat her in a playoff, I think I'm going to sleep great tonight, and I'm going to be ready to go in the morning".

She made amends at the next hole, however, to complete a dream that goes back to her childhood.

The 31-year-old played at OSU from 2005 to 2009 and is originally from Sweden.

"I mean, like I said when I was in here (the press conference room) on Friday, to follow up a low round on Thursday with another good round on Friday, I know that's not easy to do".

"It's so cool. The only reason I'm playing golf is because of them".

Lindberg's winning putt slammed against the back of the cup at speed and fell in at the par-four 10th.

The three playoff participants finished 72 holes at 15-under-par 273. And Lindberg, in the final group, hit her approach shot to three feet to make it a three-way playoff.

Lindberg sank the putt to force a seventh playoff hole and the pair moved on to the par-5 No. 18. Lindberg, with about 220 yards to the pin, went for it and put her putt at the back of the green, leaving a serpentine 45-footer, over a ridge, for an eagle. "I didn't really expect much, but I was grateful for the opportunity to walk away with a par". "But I'm a little bit disappointed, but I'm really happy the way I played this week". After Park and Lindberg opted to play No. 18 for a fourth time, officials determined that play would be suspended until the following morning. Song closed with a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday.

Lindberg, meanwhile, is searching for her first major triumph as well as a maiden LPGA Tour victory.

"I had fun", Lindberg said. "But at the same time it felt like too big of a dream to come true, but it has".

"I absolutely had to make par there, and I needed the others to miss their birdie chances", Park said.

Lindberg became the fourth player to win wire-to-wire at the ANA, joining Pat Bradley, Betsy King and Pat Hurst. She returned to play a month ago in Singapore after not playing since the Women's British Open in August.

"The putt Pernilla made on the last was a champion's putt", Park said.

"Yeah, I'm really happy for her". She set a goal for 2018 to win, maybe something smaller like a Ladies European Tour title, never imagining that her game, and her loved ones, would make such a leap.

By late afternoon, five players shared the lead at 14 under, with eighth-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn carding a 7-under 65 to charge up the leaderboard and 12th-ranked Jessica Korda adding her own 66.

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