LPGA FINAL – ANA INSPIRATION 2018 – HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE – AND YES, IT WAS TRULY 2 GOLFERS THAT MADE HISTORY – BY: ADAM SANCHEZ

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Updated: April 2, 2018

For the first time in the Ana Inspirational’s Golf Tournaments 47 year history, two golfers played 8 playoff holes to decide who wins and gets to take a leap into Poppie’s Pond. Pernilla Linberg held off Inbee Park to claim her first tour victory at the 2018 Ana Inspirational Tournament at the Rancho Mirage Mission Hills Golf Club.
Inbee Park, fired on Sunday a round of 5-under par, 67 to catch 54-hole leader Pernilla Lindberg, who birdied the 72nd hole to continuing to play her way into that playoff at 15-under par. Park began the final round at Mission Hills Country Club at 10-under par, four-strokes behind Lindberg.

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The playoff between Inbee Park and Pernilla Lindberg at the ANA Inspiration continued on Monday at 8:00 a.m. after 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 resumed on Monday at the par 4, 10th hole and then continued to the par 3, 17th and then the par 5, 18th. Lindberg scored a birdie on the par 4, 10th to claim her first LPGA victory.

She attended Oklahoma State University and won three events and was named a First-Team All American in 2007 and 2009. Linberg’s rookie year was in 2010 and she finished 19th at the 2009 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2010 LPGA season.
Upon turning professional in 2009, Lindberg competed on the Symetra Tour, recording five top -10 finishes. Linberg’s best finish in the Majors was a tie for third in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

Linberg has had eight career top-10 finishes, all coming over the past four seasons on the LPGA tour. She recorded her best finish in a major at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she tied for fifth and crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Linberg also participated as a member of the Swedish National Team, which won the European Ladies Team Championship in 2006 and 2008.
Linberg’s hometown is in Bolinas, Sweden but she now resides in Orlando Florida.

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Pernilla Lindberg defeated Inbee Park with a birdie on the 8th playoff hole – four playoff holes on Sunday and four playoff holes on Monday.**

**With the win, Pernilla Lindberg has recorded her first victory in 250 professional starts (LPGA, LET and Symetra Tour).**

On Pernilla Lindberg, ANA Inspiration winner with a birdie on the eighth playoff hole

Terry Gannon – “She wins the ANA Inspiration and beats one of the game’s best to do it, with an extra day’s work”

Gannon – “Oh the ups and downs that mom and dad went through this week.”

Judy Rankin – “She is no longer in the list of players who are the best players to have never won.”

Rankin – “She smiles easily and is so friendly with people. She will definitely be smiling a little more easily from now on. She has accomplished one huge thing in her life.”

Rankin – “There was some great golf. It was really compelling and fun to watch.”

Rankin – “Lot of talent and a lot of heart.”

Jerry Foltz – “Lot of guts.”

Gannon – “Wasn’t going to back down. She has gained a lot of fans and a lot of respect this week.”

Rankin – “She has had the crossover week that all players look for as they get better and better playing professional golf.”

Gannon – She has proven to herself and everybody else out there that she is for real. To hold that for four straight days at a major championship is something.”

 

Pernilla Lindberg speaking with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz after her victory

Pernilla Lindberg– “I just know I’m a grinder and towards the end of yesterday I told myself, ‘This is mine. I’m going to do this.’ I just knew I could. I just kept fighting away. I couldn’t believe that went in, and the first thing I said when I made that putt is that I knew Inbee was going to hole hers too, so I was already thinking about the 17th hole again. But she didn’t. It’s mine.”

Lindberg – “I just looked at every day as the same thing again. Even today with a playoff, it just felt like I went out and did my same routine. Every night I just did my routine. I just felt so calm and I felt like this could be mine.”

Lindberg – “I have dreamt about this moment since I was a kid. For as long as I can remember. I remember writing some goals right when I got to high school about the dream scenario, which obviously would be to win a major championship and leave a mark in history. But at the same time, that felt like too big of a dream to come true. And it has.”

Lindberg – “It is so cool. The only reason I am playing golf is because of my parents. I am so happy they are here. I have probably given my dad a few heart attacks over the last few days. But I’m so happy they are here and we get to celebrate this together.”

 

On Inbee Park

Kay Cockerill – “There is no weakness to Inbee’s game. When she is on, her wedges are excellent.”

Cockerill – “She is so serene in between putts. Her routine for putting is so quick and decisive.”

Cockerill – “It doesn’t matter how big the moment is, she doesn’t change what she does.”

 

Inbee Park speaking with  Lisa Cornwell following the conclusion of the playoff

Inbee Park – “I am really satisfied with the way I’m playing this year. Even if I didn’t win today I felt like I put up a good fight this week all week. Even in the playoffs I didn’t make much mistakes but I couldn’t make the putts. This morning the greens were a little slower than I anticipated so I hit a couple of putts short. A little bit disappointed but I’m really happy with the way I played this week.”

Park – “The putt Pernilla made on the last was a champions putt. You can’t beat that.”

Park – “I am really happy for Pernilla. This win was not an easy major win for her as well. Eight-hole playoff, I mean I have never done something like that before either. I’m sure she will have a great future and a great championship, so congratulations to her.”

 

On the playoff between Inbee Park and Pernilla Lindberg

Rankin – “Sudden death playoffs are a different animal. You want to be aggressive, and you want to give yourself every chance but you don’t want to be the one to make a mistake.”

Rankin – “You’re tired because you haven’t had a lot of sleep. The momentum and the emotion of the night before is hard to muster up again and in the exact same way.”

Rankin – I think these two players – and including Jennifer Song who got eliminated last night – they captured the imagination of so many people. The way they conducted themselves and the way they played the playoff. These fans want to see what the end game is.

Rankin – It was really fun, we saw shots holed, we saw great golf. We didn’t see too much golf that was disappointing. It was amazing.”

 

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