Park, who won her first major title at the U.S. Women's Open past year, now has four wins, including two majors. That's her mindset, winning is placed at a premium.
So Yeon Ryu hits her tee shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.
It was a small miracle that Park even found her way into the playoff.
With Ryu still clinging to a one-shot lead, things took a turn at No. 16. She had to hit a flop shot standing inches from the water, with the ball nestled under the high grass around the lake. "So I was like, 'Well, if she can do that, maybe I should do that, and then I started to make birdies on the back nine"'.
Though Ryu made birdie on the same hole to go up by two shots, she lost that advantage with a double bogey at the 17th and never quite recovered.
Ryu also used a neat approach on 18 to set up a short birdie putt on the par-4 hole.
"I didn't expect it would be a playoff when I was going up", Hataoka said. She raised her hands over her head in celebration before hugging her caddy, David Jones, and shedding some tears. It's been a wild year for Park.
Meanwhile Danny Lee will likely miss the cut at the latest PGA Tour event in Maryland. She fired a first round in the 60s in 10 of her 12 starts.
Defending champion Danielle Kang shot her third over-par round of the tournament with a 73 on Sunday, finishing at 2 over for the tournament in a tie for 33rd place.
It's understandable that numerous LPGA's finest wilted at the KPMG Women's PGA at Kemper Lakes.
Ryu So-yeon celebrated her 28th birthday with a scrappy three-under-par 69 that lifted her into a three-way tie for the halfway lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship outside Chicago on Friday.
Up until the par-3 17th, it looked like Ryu was going to win the tournament, as she held a two-shot lead.
South Korea's Park Sung Hyun was 7 under after a 71, and American Angel Yin had a 68 to get to 6 under.
"Since 1901 the best players in the world have competed against each other on our golf courses", said Rick Shea, Baltusrol President. "I had trouble with my putts, and I couldn't pick up the momentum". The 2016 tournament victor finished with four bogeys and five birdies in her round. Ai Miyazato did it four years in a row from 2009-2012.
She took the title at the weather-shortened Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic in May. "It was my first time shooting two eagles".
Hataoka is 31-under over her last seven rounds.
The South Korean pair had earlier seen off Nasa Hataoka after the trio ended the fourth round tied on 10 under par at Kemper Lakes. She finished T10 at the U.S. Women's Open and T6 at the ANA Inspiration. The margin? She made four bogies on the day. Hull has been a birdie machine this year as she ranks third on Tour in the category.