Ko returns to winning ways

Ko returns to winning ways

Former LPGA number one Lydia Ko put in a gutsy final round to close out April with a win at the Mediheal Championship in California.

It was a win that has been a long tome coming.

In 2015 the New Zealander became the youngest ever world number one but subsequently found it difficult to maintain winning ways. She has not taken a LPGA tournament title since 2016.

Ko started the last day one shot in the lead but soon slipped back – at one point she was three over for the day. But she fought back and going into the last was even again, although still trailing Australian Minjee Lee by one.

Ko dug in, sinking a last hole birdie to bring her level with Lee on 276 – 12 under for the tournament. In determined mood. Ko took only one playoff hole to seal the win – knocking in a killer eagle putt on the par five 18th.

‘When that putt dropped I was like “Oh my God”. A lot of emotions, my whole team and my family have worked really hard for this moment’, she said.

Four players tied for third, all finishing eight under. Among them was English player Charley Hull.

In total Ko now has 15 LPGA Tour wins and two majors to her name. She turned professional in 2013, winning her first event as a pro at the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (KLPGA).

l Fourteen year old Hannah Darling has won the R&A’s inaugural Girls Under 16 Open Championship at Fulford.

The Scottish player shot a final round of 72 – two under – making her one of only two players to come home under par in the breezy final day conditions.

Leader in the clubhouse she waited while leader on the course Beth Coulter played out her round. But disaster struck the Irish player at the last hole. Leading by one stroke she lost three to par after her second hit a tree and landed out of bounds. She signed off on 78.

Switzerland’s Elena Moosmann posted a three-over-par 77 to finish on level par in third place.

The Girls Under 16 Open Championship has been introduced as part of The R&A’s drive to boost the girls’ game in Great Britain and Ireland as well as provide a pathway to the elite amateur level for leading young players.

Ko returns to winning ways
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