It was a sad day for American women’s golf Sunday in Indianapolis.
It was a very sad day, especially for Lizette Salas.
Salas stood over a three-foot putt for victory at the 72nd hole, the Indy Women In Tech Championship waiting for her to claim it as her first win in four years.
She got to that point with a miraculous wedge shot from the deep rough, 91 yards out at the closing 272-yard par four. She looked like she’d make total amends for a lousy three-wood tee shot.
Salas hit the putt, didn’t even hit the hole, it blew right, missing everything.
She finished at 23-under par but waiting in the wings for a playoff was 2017 Player Of The Year, Sung Hyun Park.
What happened on the first tee of the playoff was almost unbelievable. As the official gave instructions for the sudden-death playoff, stating they’d play 18, then 18 again if no winner, then, if needed, 15, 16, 17 then 18.
Then Salas asked: “Is this aggregate?”
Seriously? Did she think she was in one of the majors?
No, sudden death, she was informed for the second time.
No wonder missed the three-footer.
As it turned out, Salas ended up 14-feet in two on that first sudden-death hole, Park, just 10 feet. Of course Salas missed, Park made and will reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world when they are re-calculated this week.
Park took home her third win of the season, the No. 1 ranking and re-affirmation of her spot as a fierce competitor.
As for Salas, she’ll see that missed three-footer in her nightmares.