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Roundup: Inbee Park prevails at LPGA Championship

Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship Sunday in Pittsford, N.Y.

Park made a 20-foot putt on the par-4 18th to go 2 for 2 in LPGA Tour majors this season. She rebounded in the playoff after blowing a three-shot lead with a closing 3-over-par 75. The top-ranked South Korean star bogeyed three of her final five holes in regulation and hit only six fairways in the final round.

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‘‘It feels great. It was a tough day out there,’’ Park said. ‘‘The amount of fairways I was missing today, it’s almost a miracle that I won today. I think I got a little lucky there, too. And I really tried to fight off and tried not to give up. That really paid off.’’

The 42-year-old Matthew, from Scotland, shot a bogey-free 68 to match Park at 5-under 283 at Locust Hill.

It was a dramatic finish to a marathon of a day in which organizers were forced to squeeze in the final two rounds after torrential rain postponed the first round Thursday.

And a 36-hole day ended up going 39. The tournament wasn’t decided until nearly 8 p.m., some 12 hours after Matthew teed off to open her third round.

After both made par on the first two playoff holes, Matthew struggled off the 18th tee on the third. After having difficulty advancing the ball out of the rough just below the green on her third shot, Matthew missed a 50-foot par chip.

The 24-year-old Park also won the Kraft Nabisco in California in early April and has four victories this year. With the victory, Asian players have won nine straight majors.

Also the 2008 US Women’s Open winner, Park became only the seventh player to win the LPGA’s first two majors in a season, and the first since Annika Sorenstam won the same two events in 2005.

Park has seven career LPGA Tour victories, six in her last 22 starts.

In claiming the $337,500 first prize, Park increased her season winnings to $1.22 million, and moved into 25th on the LPGA Tour’s career list at just under $6.5 million.

Suzann Pettersen and Morgan Pressel tied for third, a shot behind the leaders. Pettersen had the low round for the tournament, closing with a 65. Pressel collapsed after she opened the day with a two-stroke lead through two rounds at 6-under 138.

Park shot a 68 in the third round in the morning to take the lead. After shooting 71 in the third round, Pressel had a 75 in the final round.

PGA — Harris English won the St. Jude Classic for his first PGA title, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes in Memphis, Tenn.

The 23-year-old former Georgia star in his second year on tour survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys. He finished with a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total.

English made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to tie Stallings for the lead, but Stallings bogeyed No. 18 to give English the lead to himself. English made a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 17, and two-putted No. 18 to pick up the winner’s check of $1,026,000.

‘‘It’s quite an unbelievable feeling,’’ English said.

Mickelson shot a 67 and Stallings had a 68.

English became the fourth player to win the event in his first start since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989. The final round returned to normal Memphis weather with the temperature reaching the high 80s along with the wind blowing from the south at 10-15 miles per hour as it usually does at Southwind.

Shawn Stefani, a 31-year-old rookie from Texas, went into the final round with a one-stroke lead, but had a 76 to drop into a tie for seventh at 6 under.

Champions — David Frost parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., for Frost’s first Champions major title.

Both birdied No. 16 after play resumed with the sun shining after a delay of 68 minutes for lightning in a round played at times in a driving rain.

Frost didn’t flinch in the showdown with the Presidents Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer. Both shot 4-under 68, and Frost finished at 16-under 272.

It was his second victory of the season and fifth career victory on the 50-and-over tour. He was making his 17th major start on the tour.

John Cook and Esteban Toledo finished three strokes back, while Michael Allen, Russ Cochran and Duffy Waldorf were 12 under.

European — Joost Luiten won the Lyoness Open by two shots for his second European Tour title in Atzebrugg, Austria. After holding a three-stroke lead overnight, Luiten shot a final-round 71 to finish at 17-under-par 271 on the Diamond Country Club course.

Thomas Bjorn (68) finished second at 15 under, while Liang Wen-chong (66) and Romain Wattel (69) shared third, another stroke off the pace.

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