Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 18th three straight times in a playoff in Waterloo, Ontario.
Lang missed a birdie try on the 18th in regulation, leaving her tied with South Korean players Hee Kyung Seo, Inbee Park, and Chella Choi at 16-under 286. Choi was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Park dropped out on the second.
“I can’t believe it took me seven years to win a tournament out here,’’ said Lang, the first Duke player to win on the LPGA Tour. “I hadn’t been that good under pressure and I’m getting better, and I’m so thankful that it happened this week and I’ll only get stronger from here.’’
On the third extra hole, Lang hit her approach into a greenside bunker and blasted out to 6 feet to set up her winning putt.
“The last putt to win, I felt way better than I did in regulation,’’ Lang said.
Lang closed with her second straight 67, Choi had a 63, Seo a 67, and Park a 69.
“Today wasn’t the best day for playing,’’ Park said. “I left a lot of putts out there, I think. Today was just not my day. Maybe the next time.’’
Lang, Seo, and Park, playing together in the final threesome at Grey Silo, all had a chance to win in regulation, but settled for pars on the finishing hole to set up the playoff.
Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this year, and US Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot 64 to tie for fifth at 15 under. Lewis opened with a 72, then shot 64-69-64.
Michelle Wie tied for 68th at 3 over. She shot a 74.
Champions - Mark Calcavecchia won the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec, for his second tour title, matching the course record with an 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory.
Calcavecchia, 52, had six birdies and chipped in for eagle on the par-5 15th hole on Richelieu Valley’s Vercheres Course. He finished at 16-under 200.
The 1989 British Open champion, Calcavecchia won for the third time in Canada, following victories in the PGA Tour’s 1997 Greater Vancouver Open and 2005 Canadian Open.
Brad Bryant shot a 65 to finish second. Second-round leader Bob Tway and first-round leader Russ Cochran tied for third at 11 under.
Cochran closed with a 68 and Tway had a 70.
European - At Pulheim, Germany, Danny Willett won his first tour title, beating Marcus Fraser in a playoff at the BMW International Open.
Willett shot a 73 for an 11-under total of 277 to finish with a share of the lead with Fraser, who shot a 71 in rainy conditions on the Gut Larcenhof course.
Willett sealed his first win in 106 starts at the fourth extra hole with a par.
Paul McGinley (66), Chris Wood (73), and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (69) finished tied for third at 10 under.