Should LPGA have kept playing No. 18 in playoff?


As if stuck on an endless loop, Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer played the 18th hole eight consecutive times during a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the Kingsmill Championship before play was suspended due to darkness.

They managed to make 16 pars – no birdies – on the par-4 finishing hole at Kingsmill Resort, which yielded only seven birdies during Sunday’s final round.

But when the playoff resumed at 9 a.m. Monday, the players teed off not on the 18th, but on the 405-yard, par-4 16th. Fifteen minutes later, Shin won the longest two-woman playoff in LPGA history, making par to Creamer’s three-putt bogey.

Which begs the question: On Sunday evening, should the LPGA have continued to play the 18th hole in the playoff, or headed to one of the other closing holes earlier to save everyone the hassle of coming back the next day to, ultimately, play one hole?

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