Ernst wins first LPGA Tour title

BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2014 Portland Classic | Wrap | 01 Sep 2014

Bogeys at her final two holes of today’s final round of the Portland Classic at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland in Oregon threatened to cost American Austin Ernst her first LPGA Tour victory but a par at the first hole of a playoff against Korean I.K. Kim has earned her that milestone.

Ernst, who is in her second LPGA Tour season, came from two shots off the pace with a round of 67 to move past overnight leaders, Suzanne Pettersen and Carlota Ciganda.

Pettersen was the big shock of the last round, especially given she had won this event in two of her last three attempts. The Norwegian could only manage a final round of 74 and slipped from a share of 1st to 16th.

Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu made it three Koreans in the first four when they tied for 3rd, two shots from the playoff.

Sarah Jane Smith and Lindsey Wright were the only two Australians to make the cut but they finished well back.

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