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Pajaree Anannarukarn wins ISPS Handa World Invitational

Field Level Media
02 Aug 2021, 04:40 GMT+10

Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand parred the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Emma Talley and win her first LPGA Tour title at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Galgorm, Northern Ireland.

Both players carded rounds of 3-under 70 on Sunday to finish at 16-under 275, one shot ahead of their third-round co-leader Jennifer Kupcho (71).

Anannarukarn and Talley both parred the par-5 18th on the first playoff hole. Playing No. 18 again at the par-73 Galgorm Castle course, Talley bogeyed and Anannarukarn rolled in a short par putt for the victory.

Anannarukarn, 22, overcame a triple-bogey at the par-4 sixth hole with five birdies on the front nine, adding two birdies and one bogey on the back.

Talley's up-and-down final round included seven birdies and four bogeys.

Both golfers birdied the par-4 17th and parred the 18th to set up the playoff. Kupcho's bogey at the last hole cost her an appearance in the playoff as she finished in solo third at 15 under.

Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul (70) finished fourth at 13 under. Sydnee Michaels (67), Mina Harigae (69) and South Korea's Chella Choi (73) tied for fifth at 12 under.

Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg's 7-under 66 (nine birdies and two bogeys) was the low round of the day and moved her into a tie for eighth place at 11 under.

The event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and European Tour. A field of 144 men are also competing on the same courses and the prize funds will be split equally between the women and men.

--Field Level Media

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