Lydia Ko wins first tournament since 2016

01 May, 2018, 13:17 | Author: Angel Logan
  • It was a rollercoaster round as Lydia Ko battled over the final day at the Mediheal Championship but in the end the

Up by one to start the day, she bogeyed three of her first six holes, but showed her championship mettle on a solid back nine.

Back to the par five 18 tee, and the past world number one displayed her quality with an incredible three-wood approach that finished just three feet from the hole.

Her emotion was hard to hide after what has been a challenging period in her already unbelievable career. "When that putt dropped I was like 'Oh my God, '" Auckland's Ko said after notching her 15th career LPGA title, a tally that includes two majors.

"It's insane because I was three over for the day at one stage today and I said, 'hey, you know, you've just got to focus and you never know what's going to happen, '" Ko said.

"I knew I needed to hit it actually good to hold the tree and to succeed in the inexperienced, particularly with Minjee being a superb 20 yards in entrance of me and it seemed like she was going to hit an iron", stated Ko, who was born in Seoul, South Korea however moved to New Zealand as an toddler.

The wedges Ko used for those shots were PXG's 0311, including a "Lydia" 58-degree model, but it was her PXG 0341X 3-wood that hit the shot that set up the game-winner in overtime that was the star. "And I was able to hit a good shot again".

Ko, who became the youngest world number one aged 17 in 2015, last won a tournament when landing the Marathon Classic in July 2016.

On the week of her 21st birthday, this couldnt have gone more to script as she looks to celebrate with family and friends by her side.

Lydia Ko's return to winning form has been rewarded with an immediate and significant rise in the women's golf rankings. "I stated, "hey, you have simply bought to focus, you by no means know what may occur" - and I used to be capable of form of put my recreation collectively on the again 9".

"There's a lot of emotions". "But I think the most important thing for me is to stay positive. But just to have a 2 1/2 footer to possibly win is a pretty good feeling, but also nerve-wracking, too".

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