Lindberg wins maiden major crown



Pernilla Lindberg registered the maiden victory of her career, slamming a 30-foot birdie putt into the back of the cup on the eighth sudden-death playoff hole at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the LPGA Tour season, on Monday.

Inbee Park, winner of seven majors and 19 tournaments, had a chance to extend the playoff, but her 20-foot birdie effort narrowly slid past the cup.

"I'm kind of speechless thinking about it," Lindberg said of beating Park. "This game is hard; there have been so many times I've doubted myself."

Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden jumps into the water with her fiance Daniel Taylor and her parents Jan and Gunilla Lindberg after winning the ANA Inspiration.

Lindberg's title-winning putt brought an end to the longest playoff in tournament history, one that for the first time had extended to Monday morning.

The emphatic win also made her a member of an exclusive club of Swedish players who have won major championships, joining Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson, Liselotte Neumann and Anna Nordqvist on the LPGA Tour and Henrik Stenson on the men's side.