What happened at the ANA Inspiration?

It took an astonishing eight extra holes (and 193 starts) for Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg to land her first LPGA victory and, with it, a major title.

And the 31-year-old did it in some style, knocking in a 30-footer to edge out Inbee Park who was bidding to win her eighth major.

This was the first time that the tournament has been decided on a Monday.

On Sunday night three players began the play-off after finishing at 15 under – the fast-finishing Jessica Korda (66) and Ariya Jutanugarn (65) came up one shot short while Charley Hull was two back – and America’s Jennifer Song left the party at the third time of asking after Lindberg and Park both birdied.

Then, after another visit and a pair of pars down the iconic 18th, it was decided that they would return on Monday morning.

The time they would tackle the 10th, both players parred. Then on to the 17th where Park holed from 15 feet and Lindberg followed her in from 10 feet, two more pars.

The Swede then took on and found the 18th green but three-putted from distance before Lindberg drained her 30-footer and Park, the Olympic champion, missed from half that distance.

Lindberg’s win was all the more impressive given that she led after every round and she is the fifth player to make the ANA her first LPGA victory. Sweden can now boast the last two major winners in the ladies’ game following Anna Nordqvist’s success at the Evian.

She began the week in 95th spot on the world rankings, this victory moves Lindberg, who didn’t make it onto Europe’s Solheim Cup side in 2017, up into 34th.

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Winner’s Quote

“I dreamt of this moment ever since I was a kid. I remember writing goals when I was high school to win a major and I thought it was too good of a dream to come true, but it has. I know April Fool’s was yesterday but this somehow feels related to that.”

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Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

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