Australia’s Hannah Green won her first major title as she held off defending champion Park Sung-hyun to win the Women’s PGA Championship.
Green, 22, is ranked 114th in the world and had never won an LPGA event before the tournament at Hazeltine National.
England’s Mel Reid held the clubhouse lead on six under as overnight leader Green faltered around the turn.
Park made birdie on the last to reach eight under but Green escaped a bunker to putt for par and win by one stroke.
After rolling in the key putt from around 10 feet on the 18th, she was mobbed by friends on the green and wiped tears from her eyes moments later.
“I am pretty much speechless,” she said after her win at the Minnesota course.
“I was really nervous playing the last five holes and I’m just happy to make that putt on the last. It really is surreal.
“I’ve always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd and even though I’m not in Australia, it was like that today. To win a major as my first event, I am over the moon.”
Green had led after 18, 36 and 54 holes and held a one-shot lead going into the final round but gave up three bogeys between holes nine and 12.
She found a sublime birdie putt on 16 to open up a two-stroke advantage but watched from the 18th fairway as Park cut the gap to a single shot with a lengthy putt on the green up ahead.
With the green vacated, she hooked her approach into the sand but found an escape and putt to take the title and become Australia’s first winner of the tournament since Karrie Webb in 2001.
Reid started the final round in 23rd place but carded a six-under-par 66 – the lowest round of the day – to end tied for third with American Nelly Korda.
It is her best finish in a major and only her second top-10 finish. The Derby-born 31-year-old may rue her four-over-par 76 in the second round after finding eight birdies in a sensational final 18 holes.
Green’s win secured the third women’s major title of the year, following successes for South Korea’s Ko Jin-young at the ANA Inspiration and Lee Jeong-eun at the US Open.
The fourth of the five major tournaments in the calendar – The Evian Championship – begins in France on 25 July.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick missed out on his first European Tour win of the season as he lost a play-off against Italy’s Andrea Pavan in the BMW International Open.
Pavan’s superb final round of six-under saw him make up eight places to finish level with Fitzpatrick on 15 under par.
The pair played two play-off holes, with Pavin making a birdie on the second to triumph in Munich.
The win was the Italian’s second European Tour title.
“I was in a play-off in qualifying for the US Open with five guys for one spot and I three-putted the first and then you go home with nothing,” Pavan said.
“Here at least the worst you finish is second but it’s very satisfying to get the win – it’s so hard, so difficult.”
The duo finished two shots ahead of a seven-strong group including overnight leader Jordan Smith and defending champion Matt Wallace.
Fitzpatrick enjoyed a massive stroke of luck on the first play-off hole when his approach from 285 yards came to a stop just inches from a water hazard, but a poor pitch meant he could only match Pavan’s par.
The players returned to the par-five 18th and after Pavan hit a superb third shot from the rough to tap-in range, Fitzpatrick mishit his bunker shot and could not hole a lengthy birdie attempt.
Teenager Atthaya Thitikul has won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years.
The 16-year-old amateur, who won this tournament aged 14, broke the course record in round three and shot a five-under 67 on Sunday to win on 22 under.
Esther Henseleit (64) was second, with fellow German Olivia Cowan third on 11 under, while England’s Hannah Burke (66) ended joint sixth on eight under.
“It feels unreal,” said Thitikul after coming though a rain-delayed finale.
“I’m really pleased with all the things I’ve done in this tournament. The last time I had a bogey was in round two. I just put the ball where I wanted it. Since I won two years ago I’ve kept working hard and I’ve grown in confidence. “
Thitikul, who is the fifth-ranked amateur in the world, is the youngest player to win two Ladies Tour titles and her latest triumph secures her qualification for the Women’s British Open at Woburn in August.
However, because Thitikul is an amateur, Henseleit picked up the 45,000 Euros (£40,000) winners’ cheque to move second on the Ladies European Tour order of merit.
“This is my third second place this year and of course I would love a victory, but Atthaya played so well and she deserves this trophy,” said the 20-year-old.
-7 H Green (Aus); -4 A Jutanugarn (Tha); -3 L Ko (NZ), SH Park (Kor); -2 N Korda (US), A Yin (US); -1 L Thompson (US)
Selected others: +1 G Dryburgh (Sco), M Reid (Eng); +2 G Hall (Eng); +4 N Hataoka (Jpn); +5 B Henderson (Can); +6 S Meadow (NI); +7 J Ewart (Eng); +8 C Hull (Eng); +10 B Law (Eng); +11 L Davies (Eng), C Matthew (Sco); +12 C Thomas (Eng)
-4 H Green (Aus); -3 M Reid (Eng), HJ Kim (Kor); -2 A Park (US), X Lin (Chn), IK Kim (Kor), A Jutanugarn (Tha), SH Park (Kor), A Yang (Kor)
Selected others: -1 L Ko (Aus); E L Thompson (US), IB Park (Kor); +1 JE Lee (Kor); +3 S Meadow (NI), C Hull (Eng), G Dryburgh (Sco), C Matthew (Sco); +4 J Ewart (Eng); N Hataoka (Jpn), G Hall (Eng), B Henderson (Can); +5 JY Ko (Kor); +6 C Thomas (Eng); +7 B Law (Eng), L Davies (Eng); +12 M Wie (US)
Hannah Green holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Women’s PGA Championship, as only 16 of the 154 players went under par on a wet day in Minnesota, USA.
Australian Green, 22, hit four birdies in a four-under 68 to earn her first career lead at a major tournament.
England’s Melissa Reid and Kim Hyo-joo of South Korea are one stroke behind.
World number one Ko Jin-young was among those to struggle, finishing the day tied for 102nd at five over par.
The South Korean carded five bogeys in her round of 77, while five-time LPGA Tour winner Michelle Wie – on her return after two months out with a wrist injury – was left in tears after a 12-over-par 84.
“I was foolish to think I would shoot really well,” said the 29-year-old American.
“It’s just one of those situations where I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me – so, even on the bad days, I’m just trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough.”
Two-time major winner Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Korean defending champion Park Sung-hyun were among six who carded two-under-par rounds of 70, while American Lexi Thompson, who won the ShopRite LPGA Classic earlier in June, is tied for 17th on level par.