BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Mi Hyun Kim won a playoff on the first extra hole with Hall of Famer Juli Inkster to capture the SemGroup Championship on Sunday, the South Korean’s first LPGA Tour victory of the year.
Kim missed a 5-footer for birdie on the 18th to force the playoff with Inkster, who had birdied the hole minutes earlier. On her second try at No. 18 in the playoff, Kim sank a 4-foot putt for par after Inkster made bogey.
Inkster, who will turn 47 on June 24, would have been the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event. She closed with a 2-under 69 in regulation.
Kim, who shot a 71, and Inkster finished regulation one shot ahead of Ai Miyazoto and Angela Stanford. Three others were at 1 under, including Lorena Ochoa and Stephanie Louden, who began the day in a fourway tie for first.
Kim, whose last tour win in 2006 came after a three-hole playoff with Natalie Gulbis in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, hit her second shot in the playoff to the fringe on the back of the green, about 35 feet from the hole, and two-putted.
Inkster’s second shot sailed over the green. She chipped 8 feet past the hole but missed the par putt right.