McDonald moves up at final major

In this Associated Press photo, Kim In-kyung of South Korea watches her shot at the fourth hole during the final round of the Evian Championship on the LPGA Tour in Evian-les-Bains, France, on September 17, 2017.

Both players shot 66 to tie on nine under par, and a bogey five at the first play-off hole - the 18th - was good enough for the 30-year-old to add another major to the 2009 LPGA Championship.

In driving rain, Nordqvist and Altomare returned to a soaked hole 18 for the playoff, which the Swede closed out with a bogey.

Lydia Ko has endured a frustrating 2017. The two finalists shot a 204. She rolled it in for the win and doubled over with emotion, bent at the waist, her face in her hands. "I'm just trying to give myself a chance for birdie".

A birdie at 14 immediately offset her prior bogey, before Ko suddenly reversed her previous par five performance.

"When I see all my friends behind the 18th green it nearly makes me cry, so I tried not to watch them", said the 32-year-old Miyazato.

"The distance was 25 meters, so I was deciding whether I'm going to do chipping or putting, and I think after I made the shot, I was surprised, as well", Park said after her round.

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Katherine Kirk is one further back after the Australian staged a gallant recovery from being two over after eight holes, following a birdie at nine with gains at 13, 16 and 17 to return a creditable 69.

Not content with settling for a playoff, Ko grabbed the fairway wood, and while she avoided the water hazard, her approach landed in the rough to the left of the green.

It was at the par three, 16 where Nordqvist was able to break free of the pack and take the outright lead at 10-under par, but a bogey at the last dropped her back and she was left waiting and watching in the clubhouse to see what the outcome would be. "I thought it was just for second", said Altomare.

But then the 20-year-old Korean born New Zealander missed a short putt for par at the 18 hole to finish one-stroke outside the play-off.

"It was probably the shot of the year for me, the chip-in on 15", Ko said.

Jutanugarn was seeking to follow her younger sister Ariya, the 2016 Women's British Open victor, as the first siblings ever to each win a women's major title.

The 33-year-old, who has yet to win on the U.S. LPGA tour, had seven birdies and two bogeys for a two-round total of 8-under-par 134, one back of Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

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