Mirim Lee wins a stunner in a playoff at the ANA Inspiration

Major affair After brother makes U.S. Open tennis debut Nelly Korda leads ANA

The South Korean's third chip-in of a remarkable round was enough to force extra holes when Korda missed a tricky putt for birdie and the outright win as she signed for a three-under 69, while Henderson was another to take advantage of the wall at the last and got up and down for birdie.

It was another wild finish in the LPGA major that moved from the first weekend of April to the 100-degree heat of September, and no one was more surprised than the 29-year-old Lee.

Tied for the second-round lead with Steve Stricker, Jimenez eagled the par-five 12th for the second time in three days and played the four par-five holes in four under with birdies on Nos. Korda, the daughter of former Australian Open victor Petr, hit her third bogey of the day on the 12th, giving Henderson the overall lead at 15 under.

How she even got to that point as the ANA Inspiration champion was shocking even to Lee.

Lee hit a attractive fairway metal that led to her up-and-down for birdie. "I can't believe it", Lee said as she wiped away tears before taking the traditional champion's leap into Poppie's Pond - which must have felt especially refreshing in sweltering desert temperatures. But as co-leaders continued to make birdies, Lee followed doggedly behind with her second birdie of the day on the par-4 sixth, where she chipped in for a birdie.

© APWF Mirim Lee, of South Korea, receives the championship trophy after winning the LPGA's ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday Sept. 13, 2020.

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It was talked about all week, and the chalet in a normal year has blocked shots hit too hard. But as both Henderson and Korda made birdies on the same holes, it seemed unlikely that world No. 94 Lee had a chance of closing the gap.

The top three returned to the 18th tee for the play-off, and Korda was again forced to lay up after pulling her drive into rough, while Henderson went for the green in two but only narrowly cleared the water at the front of the putting surface. She was given a free drop from the temporary immovable obstruction, chipped to 2 feet for birdie and a 69 and joined the playoff at 15-under 273.

Maguire hit six birdies and dropped just one shot in her third round in California after carding a 72 on the second day. Korda held onto the lead at the 17th with an 2m par putt, and that set up the big finish on the 18th.

Her victory spared more conversation about the blue wall behind the 18th green, which the tournament erected in place of a hospitality chalet that was not needed this year because there were no spectators.

But the Canadian registered a double-bogey on the 13th - a hole she also bogeyed on Saturday - to fall back into a tie for second with Lee, and setting up the drama to come.

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