WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Cristie Kerr made a short par putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Suzann Pettersen on Sunday to win the Kingsmill Championship for the third time.
The victory was the 16th of Kerr’s career, and her third in five career playoffs.
Kerr shot a 2-under 69, and Pettersen had a 67 to finish at 12-under 272 on the River Course.
Kerr nearly won it on the first extra hole. Her approach to No. 18 stopped about 6 feet away from the hole while Pettersen’s approach came up short of the green. But Pettersen chipped it close, and Kerr’s putt slid past the hole.
On the second hole, Pettersen hit her approach just off the back of the green, and Kerr’s stopped nearly hole high about 15 feet away.
After Pettersen mis-hit her chip, leaving it well short, Kerr rolled her putt to 18 inches, forcing Pettersen to make hers, and her try missed badly.
It was the second year in the row the tournament ended in a playoff. Last year, Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin played the longest two-player playoff in tour history — nine holes — before Shin won. The victory came Monday morning, after the two played the 18th hole eight extra times in a row Sunday night.
The playoff format was changed for this year, with the plan to play No. 18 three times, then move to the par-4 16th, where Shin finally won last year, but Kerr made sure the huge gallery got to see it end.
Pettersen, who gained her first career victory here in 2007 with a three-hole playoff victory over Jee Young Lee, fell to 5-3 in her career in playoffs. She won in a playoff two weeks ago in Hawaii.
The finish turned into a two-player battle after looking as if it might get wild.