VIENNA, OHIO, JULY 23 -- Patty Sheehan's resolve was strong enough to overcome her collapse in last week's U.S. Women's Open, but not strong enough to beat Beth Daniel.
Daniel sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff today, edging Sheehan by one stroke in the rain-delayed $400,000 LPGA Phar-Mor Youngstown Classic, her seventh victory since last August. It was worth $60,000.
Sheehan had blown a six-stroke lead on the final 36 holes of the Open, losing by one shot to Betsy King.
Sheehan has finished second in her last three tournaments. She has been in the top two in six straight events, including two wins.
"Coming back after last week, it was really tough to even tee it up," she said. "In that respect, I played very well."
Sheehan shot 3-under 69 and Daniel 1-over 73 in the final round, putting them both at 9-under 207 for the 54 holes at Squaw Creek Country Club.
Danielle Ammaccapane shot par 72 and finished third at 208. Debbie Massey, with a third-round 73, and Ayako Okamoto, with a 71, were tied for fourth at 209.
Sheehan was in fourth place, four strokes behind Daniel, going into Sunday's rainy final round. She made up two of the strokes on the first five holes before play was suspended, and got birdies on the sixth and 11th holes today to move ahead.
She held a two-stroke advantage until the 16th hole, which Daniel birdied. Sheehan then bogeyed No. 17, sending her approach shot over the green and into the gallery.
"I've lost like three playoffs in a row," Daniel said. "So I figured I was due one. When I made the bird on number 16, I was back in it. And when I teed off on number 17, I heard someone say Patty Sheehan bogeyed 17."
The pair returned to the par-4, 339-yard 16th hole for the playoff.
Sheehan's tee shot hit the fairway and Daniel's was in the rough but playable.
"I was fighting a hook all day, and I hooked it again," Daniel said. "But I really drew a good lie. I just hit a soft 9-iron to about 12 feet from the hole."
Sheehan's approach landed about 18 feet short of the hole, and her birdie attempt rolled four feet too far. Daniel followed with the winning putt.
Sheehan took the loss in stride.
"I'm pretty disappointed about what happened on number 17," she said. "But second is better than third."