Jessica Korda closed with a five-under 66 and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole to beat Danielle Kang in the Tournament of Champions and start the LPGA Tour season on a good note.
Korda won for the sixth time on the LPGA Tour, and it was her first victory in nearly three years. She shot a career-best 60 on Saturday.
"I knew I was going to have to go low today," said Korda, who has won half of her tournament victories at season-opening events.
"It was a crazy day ... A crazy two days. A crazy week!"
Kang started the final round at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Orlando on Sunday with a two-shot lead.
She quickly stretched the advantage to four shots with an opening birdie and Korda dropping a shot on the 3rd hole. That was Korda's last mistake.
Kang had a two-shot lead with four holes to play when she made her first bogey of the tournament – and her first bogey in 65 holes dating to last season – on the 15th. Korda caught her with a birdie on the 16th.
"I knew I was going to have to go low today ... It was a crazy day ... A crazy two days. A crazy week!" – Jessica Korda
"When you're chasing, you need to keep the pedal to the metal," Korda added."
Nelly Korda, the younger sister of Jessica who joined them in the final group, got within two shots of the lead. She closed with a 64 and finished two shots out of the play-off.
Kang, who shot 68, had to make a four-foot par putt on the par-3 18th to force a play-off at 24-under 260.
Going back to the 18th for the play-off, Kang appeared to have an advantage with a tee shot pin-high about 18 feet to the right. Korda was 30 feet short, roughly the same putt she had in regulation. This time, she read the speed perfectly and rolled it in. Kang's birdie putt to extend the play-off was low all the way.
Kang, also seeking her sixth LPGA victory, had spoken all week about not being able to prepare for the event as she normally would. That caught up to her down the stretch.
Though she never tested positive for COVID-19, she twice was exposed, and took six tests before getting on a plane from Las Vegas to Orlando, landing late Monday night.
"'I'm not disappointed in that I didn't win," Kang said.
"It's not about winning and losing for me. It's about being able to execute when I want to – and having a feeling when I feel like I can't do something is something I don't like."
It was the second-straight year the event has gone into extra holes.
27-year-old Korda is now 2-0 in playoffs on the LPGA Tour.