Ko wins Evian, becomes youngest LPGA major victor

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France - With two holes left to play in her bid to become the youngest LPGA major champion at the Evian Championship, Lydia Ko stayed as relaxed and composed as a seasoned veteran. The South Korean-born New Zealander birdied both on the shores of Lake Geneva to reach a new landmark in her short but already storied career.

A flawless final-round display - featuring spectacular approaches and clinical putts among her eight birdies - made Ko the youngest major champion in LPGA history on Sunday. She closed with an 8-under 63 for a six-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.

It was the best round of this year's tournament, a score that helped her to a ninth career victory with a 16-under total of 268.

''To say that I'm the youngest in history for now, it's so cool,'' Ko said. ''To finish with two birdies, finish on the last 72nd hole, with a birdie, it doesn't happen often, so it's definitely one of the top rounds of my whole entire life, and I'm sure it will be in my career.''

Ko is 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old. She eclipsed the previous record set by AmericanMorgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and nine days old when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 14 Sep 2015 21:25:39

 



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