For Gustafson it was a first - she had never been in a playoff before - for Kane it was a situation she was becoming more familiar with.
Kane had found herself in a similar situation earlier this fall. Her win at the New Albany Golf Classic was the result of outplaying Mi Hyun Kim in a one-hole playoff. This time around it was Sophie she watched as the Swede made her way up the 18th making birdie, and matching her score after posting her second consecutive 69 of the tournament.
The two players returned to the par-5 18th tee. Gustafson hit into a bunker and tried to recover only to make par, while Kane made birdie after hitting her wedge to within 5 feet and sank the putt. I don't know how to explain what I'm feeling right now, said the five-year veteran. I'm really excited. I can't wait to talk to my mom and dad and tell them.
For Lorie Kane winning once this season was sweet victory while three-times is a charm. It's just been a great year, Kane said. I started off the season just trying to win one golf tournament, and I've won three now. It's a pretty awesome feeling.
It took the Prince Edward Island native almost five years to win on Tour and now it seems as if she knows the secret to success and there's no turning back. I can't say that anything changed in my game technically. It really came from an attitude change, said the Mizuno Champion. Winning is an attitude. You have to think you can win to win. You have to be sharp and not put yourself behind the eight ball. For me, I had to stay focused on saying to myself that I can win and carrying that confidence to the first tee and to the difficult shots that you face out there.
Gustafson has won twice this season in her own right (Chick-fil-A Charity Championship and the Weetabix Women's British Open) yet had to settle for the $79,129 runner-up check after losing the playoff. She played great golf today, said the runner-up. Six-under-par is a tremendous score. At least I made her fight for it. I didn't give it away.
Yuri Fudoh finished in sole possession of third after rounds of 71-65-70 (206) and won $57,743 in the process.
Former Mizuno champion (1997) finished tied for fourth at nine-under-par (207) with Akiko Fukushima, Michie Ohba, Joanne Morley, Kasumi Fujii and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman.
Defending champion Maria Hjorth fell out of the race with a final day score of 74 leaving her tied for 23rd place at five-under-par 211.