LPGA: Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin Will Continue the Kingsmill Playoff on Monday
Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin were battling for the Kingsmill Championship title in a playoff while a charter full of LPGA players and caddies left to Washington D.C.
Both golfers were supposed to be on that plane then catch a commercial flight to England where the Women's British Open will take place from Thursday to Sunday.
Shin and Creamer drew huge crowds for the last 18 holes of the tournament. One of the main reasons is that the Pink Panther hasn't won in 26 months and the Final Round Queen hasn't lifted a trophy in the last 22 months.
The whole round was surrounded with drama. Jiyai birdied the second to stay within a shot from Paula, but the American responded and recovered her two-shot lead in the same hole.
Shin made a charge on hole three, but Creamer birdied the fourth. However, the Pink Panther's approach went over the sixth green, her ball bounced on the cart path and she sank a double bogey for a share of the lead.
The back nine were not that different. Shin had back-to-back bogeys on holes 10 and 11, but recovered on 15 and 16.
Creamer bogeyed 12 and birdied 14 and 16. She had a par putt on 18 to pack things up and lift her first trophy in over two years, but she three-putted and opened the door for a playoff.
Number 18 was the chosen hole. Both would play it until there was a winner, but for good or bad, it didn't happen.
They teed off eight times, and every time, they both parred the hole. The playoff now has a place in the record books:
The longest playoff hole in history is 10 holes but that included 3 people...the longest between 2 people is 7 which occurred in 2010— LPGA (@lpga) September 9, 2012
In 1972, Jo Ann Prentice defeated Sandra Palmer and Kathy Whitworth in 10 holes to secure the Corpus Christi Civitan Open title.
Thirty-four years later, Cristie Kerr needed seven holes to win the LPGA Takefuji Classic, leaving Seol-An Jeon behind.
Creamer and Shin were ready to play the ninth hole, but it was impossible to continue. The battle was suspended due to darkness.
"I teed it up and I was like 'oh, my goodness,' my driver, my white—my driver was brighter than the golf ball sitting down there, and I'm thinking this probably isn't a good idea. I looked at Jiyai and Jiyai said 'no,'" Paula recalled (via LPGA.com).
The worst thing of all was playing the same hole over and over again. Fans, media and the players couldn't stand it anymore.
No worries if it gets dark for this LPGA playoff. Creamer and Shin have played the hole so many times they could do it with eyes closed.— Mike O'Malley (@GD_MikeO) September 9, 2012
Finally, officials decided that play will resume on Monday at 9 a.m. ET, and they will change the hole to number 16.
So, who will it be? Creamer, who has not won since the 2010 U.S. Open, or Shin, who secured the 2010 Mizuno Classic?
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