What was it? The longest sudden-death playoff in golf history! At the LET Access Series' Larvik Ladies Open in Norway (co-sanctioned by the Nordea Tour), Johanna Gustavsson and Natalia Escuriola faced off in a sudden-death playoff for the title.
And that winner was ... Gustavsson. It was the first LETAS victory for the 22-year-old Swede, who now goes to fourth on the money list. The LETAS feeds into the Ladies European Tour, so if Gustavsson can maintain her money list ranking she'll graduate to the LET for next season.
The LETAS described the playoff this way:
"Gustavsson and Escuriola both recorded an opening bogey on the first play-off hole, the 368 yard par four 9th, which they played three times before alternating between the 1st and 9th holes until the 10th extra hole. Gustavsson and Escuriola then moved back to the 9th hole until the Swede was able to break the deadlock on the 14th extra hole with a birdie."
Fourteen holes of sudden-death. Wow.
The LETAS also stated, "The longest sudden death play-off in professional golf was previously eleven holes." That is a reference to a playoff between golf Hall of Famers Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum at the 1949 Motor City Open on the PGA Tour. That one ended still deadlocked - the players agreed between themselves to call it off and split the prize money.
You might remember a playoff between Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin at the 2012 Kingsmill Championship that lasted nine holes. But the LPGA record is 10 holes: Jo Ann Prentice def. Sandra Palmer and Kathy Whitworth at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open.
Congratulations to Gustavsson, for both the win and for being part of history.