And the protagonists gave the spectators who turned up at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, at 8am further value for their money by contesting four more holes before Lindberg holed a 25-footer for the win. She drained a 30-foot birdie foot while Park missed a 15-footer to extend the saga.
Park continues to show humility about her performance and how she managed to keep her putter hot in the playoff.
The eight-hole playoff was the longest sudden-death playoff in LPGA major championship history.
Lindberg won the event wire-to-wire, buoyed by her 12-under score through the first two rounds.
"I just know I'm a grinder", Lindberg said. Even in the playoffs, you know, I didn't make much mistakes, I just couldn't make the putts. Both players reached the green for a chance at par and Park nailed hers to put the pressure on Lindberg.
Tied for the lead, Jutanugarn went for the par-five 18th hole in two shots.
"There were a bunch of fairways that I [missed], so that was something that I am disappointed in my shots", Park said. I hit a couple putts short.
Lindberg is the third Swede to win the Mission Hills major, after Annika Sorenstam (three times) and Helen Alfredsson. She set a goal for 2018 to win, maybe something smaller like a Ladies European Tour title, never imagining that her game, and her loved ones, would make such a leap.
"It feels like we have nothing to lose [because] we've been fighting all day", said the 95th-ranked Lindberg, who is in her eighth LPGA season.
All three players birdied the par-5 18th, with Song getting to 15 under first with a 5-foot putt. Park laid up and hit a wedge to 8 feet.
"I just looked at every day as just the same thing again", Lindberg said. I couldn't believe it when that last putt went in. Park and Song shot 5-under 67, and Lindberg had a 71. Lindberg didn't just win a major, she took down an LPGA Hall of Famer, gold medal-winner and seven-time major champion.
Play resumed at 8 a.m. on No. 10, with Lindbergh leaving a birdie putt from a little lower on the green than her victor an inch short. She missed her first putt for eagle and the outright lead but made her birdie to move into a group of five sharing the top of the leaderboard. For a tournament that felt flat at times over the weekend with sparse attendance, night golf and free tickets kicked up the atmosphere to the level the golf deserved.