Wie finishes sixth at ANA Inspiration; Ryu wins in playoff

Wie finishes sixth at ANA Inspiration; Ryu wins in playoff

Lexi Thompson, the 2014 champion looked on course to win her second major, before she was given a four-shot penalty for an infringement that took place during Saturday's round.

The organisation confirmed the video review was prompted by an email from a television viewer in a statement issued on Sunday evening. Also to the fans out there, words can't describe what you being there for me, meant to me. "I didn't realize I did that".

In an instant, Thompson went from a three shot lead to a one-point deficit ahead of the 13th hole.

Wie had six birdies - three over her final six holes - and three bogeys in her round.

A visibly emotional Thompson played out her round impressively to finish level with Ryu on 14-under.

Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Women's Open victor and known as one of the nicest players on the LPGA, said the victory somehow didn't feel right.

"I feel bad for Lexi". I thought it was atrocious.

"What happened was not intentional at all - I would never do that purposely and I hope everyone knows that", Thompson said. It's a very unfortunate situation.

Thompson was still in disbelief after the round, but she handled everything with as much class as you would expect. But she still made the traditional leap into Poppie's Pond to celebrate the victory.

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Suzann Pettersen (70) fell just short of the play-off and tied for third at 13 under along with Park Inbee and Minjee Lee.

She was fighting tears as she hit her tee shot at 13, but she birdied the hole and was tied for the lead at 13-under.

Officials retroactively assessed Thompson with a two-stroke penalty for playing from the wrong place, plus an additional two strokes for signing an incorrect scorecard after the third round.

"Is this a joke?" She then added: "This is ridiculous".

Thompson choked up slightly, but gathered herself and mashed a drive.

The viewer contacted European Tour officials to explain that Harrington had marginally knocked his ball forward while replacing his marker during the opening round.

LPGA officials said they received the email from a viewer when the last group was on the ninth hole. Nordqvist was given a two-stroke penalty for the infraction and Lang went on to win her first major title.

PGA Tour players reacted with the same fierceness that they did after Dustin Johnson was penalized during the U.S. Open in 2016. The ball was just one foot-a gimme-away from the cup.