Pressel loses in playoff in Japan


Morgan Pressel’s bid to win her second Salonpas Cup championship in three years was derailed Sunday in Japan.

South Korea’s Sun Ju Ahn, the ninth-ranked player in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, defeated Pressel and Inbee Park in a playoff in a Japan LPGA Tour major at Ibaraki Golf Club. Ahn is the highest ranked player in the world who isn’t a member of the American-based LPGA. She was the Japan LPGA Tour’s leading money winner the last two seasons.

Ahn came from three shots back Sunday to catch Pressel, the leader going into the final round. Ahn rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win.