Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship on Sunday for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of playoff after blowing a big lead.
Seven strokes ahead of Matthew at the start of the round, Pettersen shot a 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205 on Sky 72 Golf Club's Ocean Course. The 43-year-old Matthew finished with a 67.
They played the par-5 18th three times in the playoff, halving the first two extra holes with pars.
''I felt like I had it all in my hand both the first time around, second time around, and the third around,'' said Pettersen the Norwegian who also won the 2007 event. ''`It's getting closer. I'm getting closer to the hole.' ... And the third time around I just made a solid stroke, and it dropped.''
Pettersen took a five-stroke lead over South Korea's So Yeon Ryu into the final round after opening with a course-record 63 and shooting a 68 on Saturday.
Matthew, from Scotland, had a two-stroke lead after...