Spaniard Beatriz Recari Triumphs In Two-Hole Playoff To Win LPGA Kia Classic
Bringing a two-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Kia Classic, Beatriz Recari most likely didn’t have eyes on winning the tournament in dramatic fashion. Slow and steady, banking on her impressive lead. That wasn’t the case however, as Recari finished Sunday’s round at Aviara in Carlsbad, California, tied for the lead with I.K. Kim. Both Recari and Kim three-putted the 18th hole to force a two-hole playoff. The two would repeat their performances on 18, during the first playoff hole, forcing another hole. That was when Recari sank an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe to secure her second career LPGA title.
After Recari finally got the best of Kim, and the 18th hole itself, the 25-year-old stood, arms in the air, overjoyed with her victory. The last time Recari entered the final day of an LPGA tournament with the lead; she secured her first and only career victory at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in 2010. Her dramatic put on the second playoff hole was enough to keep that streak alive.
‘“There was a lot going on,’’ Recari said. ‘“I had a good feeling, but the same as the other putts. The other ones went by and missed the hole. This one went in. I had the same process and the same shot. Nothing different. I’m always trying to do my best. It just dropped in.’’
Recari’s rare bogies at 18, were not her weekend standard. She had gone three rounds (59 holes) bogey-free, an impressive feat in itself. Following her emotional celebration with caddy, Andreas Thorp, Recari wiped away the tears to talk about her extraordinary weekend in Southern California.
“Part of it I still don’t remember,” she said. Just a lot of emotions. It’s a different win; it’s my first in a playoff. It’s a lot of different things, different situation. I’m definitely more emotional than my first and I don’t know what my third will bring.’’
Based on her recent play at the Kia Classic, it shouldn’t be long before the world finds out just what that third career LPGA victory will bring for Beatriz Recari.