Creamer, Shin playoff to conclude on Monday
Williamsburg, VA (Sports Network) - Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin battled through eight playoff holes on Sunday before darkness set in at The Kingsmill Championship.
The playoff was suspended due to darkness before either player teed off for the ninth extra hole. The pair will return at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday to finish the playoff at the Kingsmill Resort.
They both had made eight straight pars to keep the playoff going.
"It's really dark. I know I want to make sure, but we will comeback tomorrow," Shin said in a televised interview.
She then joked, "I know winning is always tough, but not this tough."
Creamer added, "It's been good golf. This is a hard birdie hole. I wish we could have maybe changed the hole location or something because that back pin is tough.
"We played good golf. I wanted to play, but when I teed up the ball back there, it was a no go."
Creamer missed a par putt on the final hole regulation to fall into the playoff with Shin. Creamer closed with an even-par 71, while Shin carded a 2- under 69 in the final round.
The duo finished at 16-under-par 268.
They played the par-4 18th for the first eight playoff holes. Shin was inside Creamer the first two times they played the hole, but both 2-putted for par each time.
On the third extra hole, Creamer pulled her approach left into a bunker before Shin's second shot rolled through the green and into a different bunker. Both got up and down for par with Creamer converting from six feet out.
The fourth time around both players hit their best second shots. Creamer left herself eight feet, while Shin was 11 feet away. Both players missed their putts on the right edge and it was back to the tee.
Creamer and Shin 2-putted for par from a similar distance the fifth time around. The sixth time was more of the same as they both 2-putted for par.
Shin had the clear advantage on the seventh extra hole. She was about 28 feet out, while Creamer pulled her second into the rough on the up-slope of a bunker.
Creamer's chip narrowly missed going in, but ran five feet by the hole. Shin failed to convert her birdie try. Creamer poured her par-saving putt into the cup to extend the playoff.
On the eighth extra hole, Creamer was 20 feet closer than Shin. Shin's birdie putt missed short and left, and she tapped in for par. Creamer's putt broke across the hole and she tapped in for her par.
The players, their caddies and rules officials debated on the green about what they should do. Creamer suggested they go back to the tee to see how dark it was from that vantage point. Once they got back there, they realized it was too dark to continue.
Karine Icher carded a 6-under 65 to move into a tie for third with Danielle Kang (69). They ended at 14-under-par 270. Angela Stanford's 64 was the low round of the day and it helped her soar into a share of fifth at minus-13. She was joined there by Catriona Matthew (68).
Early on, Creamer birdied the second and fourth to move to 18-under, where she was two clear of Shin, who had birdied Nos. 2 and 3.
Creamer pulled her approach at the sixth and after her ball bounced off a cart path, it stopped under a bush. She advanced her third into the rough, but it took her three more shots to get into the hole.
The double-bogey dropped her into a share of the lead.
Shin bogeyed the 10th and 11th to fall two back, but Creamer stumbled to a bogey of her own at the 12th. Creamer moved her lead to two with a birdie at 14. She also birdied the 16th, but was just one clear at that point as Shin birdied 15 and 16. Shin parred the last two to end there.
Creamer 2-putted for par on 17, but left herself over 40 feet for birdie at the 18th. She rolled her birdie try across the lip, then missed the comebacker for par to force the playoff.
NOTES: Creamer and Shin are looking for their first win since the 2010 season. That year Creamer won the U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont, while Shin won the Evian Masters and the Mizuno Classic...Creamer is going for her 10th tour win and Shin is trying for her ninth...The LPGA Tour heads to England next week for the Women's British Open. Women's world No. 1 Yani Tseng will defend her title at the season's final major.
09/09 20:43:34 ET