Park and Ryu had birdied the first extra hole while Hataoka, who broke through for her maiden LPGA Tour title just last week, parred and was out of the battle for the title.
All three players had finished their 72 holes at 10 under par, Hataoka the standout on day four when she produced the round of the day by three shots (64) to set the mark.
Hataoka had begun her final round 90 minutes ahead of the final group so had a long wait to see if her stunning round would be rewarded with victory. It was not to be, but she has further confirmed her ‘arrival’ on the LPGA Tour.
Ryu appeared to be in control when she moved two shots clear with a birdie at the 16th but then came a double at the par three 17th and instead of cruising to victory she had to recover in order to join Hataoka and her playing partner of the day Park in the playoff.
Park won the US Women’s Open in 2017 but her most recent form, despite winning the Volunteers of America event a few weeks ago, had been surprisingly poor, missing three of her last four cuts and finishing 61st in the other.
Park is a remarkable talent however, one of the most powerful players on the LPGA Tour and is now a four-time LPGA Tour event winner, two of those major championships in addition to multiple (10) wins in her home country.
Sarah Jane Smith led the Australians with yet another good performance in a major championship. Following on from her sensational 5th place the US Women’s Open, Smith finished in a share of 11th a final round of 71 including a birdie at the last securing her second-best finish in a major championship.
Minjee Lee improved with a final round of 70 to finish 25th after an overall disappointing week.
Of the other Australasians Lydia Ko was 31st and Karrie Webb 47th.
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