Woods leads protest as Lexi loses after TV viewer's complaint

This was Ryu's fourth LPGA victory and her second major following the 2011 U.S. Women's Open title.

Thompson had been leading by three and was walking to the 13th tee with her second major in sight when she was stopped dead in her tracks by a rules official, who told her of the penalty.

Thompson was penalized after a television viewer apparently alerted officials that Thompson has marked her ball and then put it back in an improper place before a 1-foot putt on the 17th green in the third round Saturday.

Someone watching Saturday's round on TV noticed Thompson "did not properly replace her ball" ahead of her putt on the 17th hole. For one, this wouldn't have happened if Thompson wasn't among the tournament's contenders and, therefore, was on TV. Also to the fans out there, words can't describe what you being there for me, meant to me. "I realized I didn't want to be the 450th voicemail or text message on her phone as she was going through this, changing planes. I felt strong through the finish, and it was great to see the fans behind me".

Ryu closed with birdie to take a one-stroke lead into the clubhouse and await the final grouping of Thompson and Suzann Petterson.

When she found out, Thompson still couldn't believe it.

Ryu birdied the 18th hole in the playoff to win her second major title, but her celebration was muted because of the freaky circumstances.

"Perfect example, I would call those refs in the national championship and say that last play was a pick play, Clemson".

I thought it was atrocious. "I wasn't expecting what happened today to happen and I will learn from it".

Ryu still made the traditional joyous leap into Poppie's Pond with her caddie and family.

She stared down an eagle putt at the par-five 18th that would have clinched the title but left her attempt just inches short to set up a playoff with Ryu. So be it. More scrutiny often helps, and while I am not comfortable with viewers being part of the process, I can accept the calls and emails and texts that come in while the round is STILL IN PROGRESS or while there are still officials on the course. I am a very emotional persona. She received two strokes for that violation plus two more for signing an incorrect scorecard.

When she was informed of what she had done by an official, she responded by saying "Is this a joke?"

A teary-eyed Thompson pounded a drive on the 13th tee.

Thompson had previously won the ANA Inspiration - once known as the Dinah Shore Tournament - in 2014.

14-time major tournament victor Tiger Woods was apparently watching from home, as he offered his two cents and encouraged Thompson to "win this thing anyway". "Let's go @Lexi, win this thing anyway".

So Yeon Ryu's win at the ANA Inspiration has moved her up to second in the world rankings.

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