American Nelly Korda scored her third victory of the season in a four-way playoff to retain the Omega Women’s European Masters on Sunday.
On a baking hot afternoon in Monte Carlo, with temperatures soaring to 33C and little wind, the 21-year-old Korda came through with a par to join Brooke Henderson and Charley Hull at the top of the leaderboard on 17 under.
Hull had led after 18 holes, though the late concession of a one-stroke penalty and carded a double bogey on the par-four 18th erased any faint hope she might have had of coming home. Henderson bogeyed the final hole in the final round to force the play-off.
Korda birdied the first play-off hole and Henderson, who was coming back from a miserable last round of 80, failed to find the fairway on the second extra hole and was unable to put her third approach within a couple of feet, adding another bogey to her total of 72.
Hull finally returned to form with four birdies on the back nine but bogeyed the 17th to allow Korda, who had finished tied for second in the event last year, to finish on the par-four 18th in regulation.
It was a tough day for all involved – at one point Henderson was tied for fourth but, after her mishit approach on the final hole, she dropped two shots in two holes as she slipped back into a tie for ninth place on 15 under.