Ariya finishes third at Kingsmille

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Cristie Kerr parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win the LPGA Kingsmill Championship ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen.

Cristie Kerr holds the championship trophy after winning the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort on May 5, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Pettersen hadn't made a bogey all day, notching four birdies in a four-under par 67 to join overnight leader Kerr on 12-under par 272.

Kerr, a winner at Kingsmill in 2005 and 2009, had four birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to maintain a share of the lead and force the playoff.

Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn, who had seized the first-round lead on Thursday with a scintillating 64, finished strong with a 66 to share third on 274 with South Korean Lee Il-Hee, who carded a 67.

Americans Angela Stanford and Stacy Lewis were tied on 275, Stanford with a final-round 69 and Lewis a 70.

World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea finished alone in sixth place after a 67 for 276.

It was the second straight year the Kingsmill Championship was determined in a playoff. In 2012, Shin Ji-yai beat Paula Creamer in a nine-hole epic that finished on Monday after darkness halted play.

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