Lydia Ko Makes History With Tournament Win

Publish Date
Monday, 14 September 2015, 7:27AM
Lydia Ko celebrates with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship. Photo- AP

Lydia Ko celebrates with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship. Photo- AP

Lydia Ko became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history at the Evian Championship overnight.

The South Korean-born New Zealander closed with an 8-under 63 for a six-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.

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

Ko, who was runner-up in Evian two years ago, enjoyed a remarkable day on the shores of Lake Geneva, staying bogey-free and hitting eight birdies in her final round for the best score of the tournament this year. She finished with a 16-under total of 268.

Mi Hyang Lee, who had an overnight lead of one stroke over Thompson, crumbled under pressure and finished tied for fourth place, nine back. Chinese Shanshan Feng was third with an 8-under total of 276.

"Everyone won't be asking me when I'll win my first major because it's done," said Ko, who was two shots off the pace heading into the final round.

Source- NZ Herald