Hannah Green of Australia watches her shot from the second tee during the final round of the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by PlastproPhoto Credit: 2023 Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hannah Green of Australia made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join a three-way playoff, and then made par on the second extra hole to win the JM Eagle LA Championship on Sunday at Wilshire Country Club.

In a wild finish that featured a five-way tie for the lead late in the final round, Green made birdie for a 2-under 69 to join Aditi Ashok of India and Xiyu Lin of China in the playoff.

“Pretty much all day I left every putt short,” Green said. “I knew I had to get it to the hole. I knew I needed to hit it a little bit harder than what I had all day. I don’t often get my caddie to read my putt, but I pulled him in for the last hole, and we both saw the same line, so it was nice to have that confidence that I was seeing the correct line, and yeah, just stroked it and it went perfectly in the hole.”

Ashok, who had the 36-hole lead, and Lin each closed with a 67 and were the first to post at 9-under 275. Green and Lin birdied the first playoff hole on the par-3 18th.

On the second extra hole at No. 18, Lin hit into a bunker and blasted out to some 18 feet and missed the par putt. That left Green to tap in from 2 feet for her first LPGA win since September 2019.

Green was emotional and wiping away tears after the win.

“It’s been a long few years,” Green said. “I was playing well last year but getting across the line’s been really difficult. I’m proud of myself. I’m really happy.”

Green won for the third time. She captured her lone major in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA at Hazeltine, and followed that with a win at the Portland Classic that year.

She missed the cut last week at the Chevron Championship and talked to a sports psychologist this week.

This win is right up there with the others.

“I think honestly this one is really important because I feel like this is just going to kick start remembering how to — like learning to win,” Green said. “It’s tough to win golf tournaments. Sometimes you can play your best golf and it not be good enough. You’ve just got to hang in there. I think this is honestly just as big as the first two.”

Ashok had a 15-foot putt that lipped out on the 18th in the playoff, ending her bid for her first LPGA title. Lin made a 12-foot putt, and Green made a 4-footer to stay in the game.

Green finished second here last year and third the year before at Wilshire. She won $450,000 from the $3 million purse.

Cheyenne Knight, who had a two-shot lead going into the final round, closed with a 2-over 73 and tied for sixth.

Ruoning Yin won in Los Angeles last month at the DIO Implant LA Open at Palos Verdes Golf Club and had a chance to win again. She birdied the par-4 14th to take the lead and then birdied the par-5 15th to build a two-shot lead. But she finished with two bogeys for a 67 to fall to 8 under and miss the playoff.

She started the day with a mindset to have fun, so her caddie tried to just do that in relaying NBA playoff scores.

“When I was on hole 2, my caddie just talked to me, and he said, ‘Hey, do you want me to tell you the score?’ I was like, ‘Um, no. We’re just having fun here,’” Yin said. “Finally I found out he was talking about the Warriors versus the Kings.”

She tied for fourth with Ayaka Furue of Japan, who had a 65.

Nelly Korda, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, had a 67 and tied for sixth.

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Though she didn’t take home a trophy, Aditi Ashok still found a win at the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro. After seven years on the LPGA Tour, Ashok finally found her way into a playoff. For the first time ever, Ashok is a runner up.

“I think overall it’s a good week.” Ashok said after being eliminated from the playoff on the first hole. “I’ve never played in this position on the LPGA, to be near the lead on the first day and stay there the whole tournament.

“The competition is just so deep out here. Ten people have a good tournament but only one can win.  I’m happy with the way I played.”

Ashok certainly has a lot to be happy about in her four days of consistent play this week. The 25-year-old got off to a great start, carding a bogey-free 5-under, her low round of the event. Her best statistical round came the next day, when she shot a 1-under 70 to take the 36-hole lead and make her first cut of 2023. Ashok hit 252.5 yards off the tee, didn’t miss a fairway and needed just 27 putts to get through the Wilshire Country Club.

Her hot streak cooled on Saturday, but Ashok quickly bounced back on Sunday. She shot 4-under, carding five birdies and a lone bogey on 17, to move to 9-under overall. Her final scorecard also served as her ticket to a playoff with Hannah Green and Xiyu Lin, where she was eliminated on the first hole after making par.

“I think I played good today, kind of like the first day, no mistakes,” Ashok said. “Just the bogey on 17. Feels like that’s the shot I left out there.”

Aditi Ashok of India plays her shot from the second tee during the final round of the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by PlastproPhoto Credit: 2023 Getty Images

While Ashok has just made her first splash on the LPGA Tour this season, she has long been making waves across the pond. With her win at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open in February, Ashok found her first LET win in five years and now leads the Race to Costa Del Sol.

Ashok credits her recent success to her off season grind. The 25-year-old made several tweaks to all aspects of her game, but she felt the most improvement off the tee.

“Just working on swing speed in the off-season, gained a lot of yardage, so that’s definitely helped,” Ashok explained. “The driving distance helped a lot and just working on being more consistent through the game. I changed my irons back to what I was using a couple years ago and I’m more comfortable with that, so that’s helped this week.”

It seems like Ashok is just getting started and the Tour will have a lot more to look forward to from her as the season continues. But for now, everyone will have to wait in anticipation for Ashok’s return to the range at the Cognizant Founders Cup.

“Get a week off so I’m going to relax,” Ashok said of her plans moving forward. “This week was actually a little more exhausting than I thought it was going to be. But, still, I’m happy with where my game is at, so just work on the same stuff and try and do some of this at Founders too.”

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