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(LEAD) S. Koreans come up short as Canadian teen claims LPGA major

All News 11:43 June 13, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with new world rankings at bottom)

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans put up a fight but came up short at the second LPGA major of the season, as a Canadian teenager made history.

Park Hee-young, Ryu So-yeon and Lee Mi-rim were the top South Korean finishers at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Sammamish, Washington, as they tied for fourth at two-under 282 on Sunday (local time).

Park shot the best final round of the three players, putting up a bogey-free 66 at the par-71 Sahalee Country Club. Ryu carded a 67 and Lee put up a 69.

Amy Yang finished another stroke back to finish alone in seventh. Chella Choi was the fifth South Korean in the top 10, as she tied for eighth at even par.

Brooke Henderson captured her maiden major championship over world No. 1 Lydia Ko in a sudden-death playoff. At 18, Henderson became the youngest champion of this major championship.

Ko, a Korean-born Kiwi, was also trying to make history. The 19-year-old won the past two majors, dating back to the 2015 Evian Championship, and would have become the youngest LPGA player to win three consecutive majors if she'd survived the playoff.

Henderson and Ko ended regulation tied at six-under, before Henderson prevailed with a birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th.

Thanks to the victory, Henderson climbed two spots in the latest world rankings to take the No. 2 spot behind Ko. Park In-bee, a South Korean veteran who had held the No. 2 position despite injuries this year, fell to No. 3, followed by Lexi Thompson and fellow South Korean Kim Sei-young.

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