03/01 01:25 CST Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open
Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) --- Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand
Women's Open on Sunday for her second straight victory.
The 17-year-old New Zealander, the Women's Australian Open winner last week for
her sixth LPGA Tour title, closed with a 1-under 70 at Clearwater for a
four-stroke victory. She has 10 worldwide victories in professional events,
also winning at Clearwater as an amateur in 2013.
On Saturday, Ko broke the course record with a career-best 61 to take a
three-stroke lead into the final round. She had five birdies, a double bogey
and two bogeys Sunday to finish at 14-under 202.
Australian amateur Hannah Green was second after a 68.
Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen was third at 9 under after a 71.
England's Charley Hull had a 75 to tie for sixth at 7 under. Hull pulled within
two strokes of Ko with an eagle on the par-5 10th, then fell back with a double
bogey on No. 12 --- Ko birdied the hole for a three-shot swing --- and bogeys
on Nos. 15, 17 and 18.
That swing essentially sealed the win and the Kiwi was able to enjoy the run
"I really wanted to win in front of such great crowds, this is probably the
biggest crowd I've seen," said Ko. "It's always cool winning on home ground. We
were walking up 16 and (playing partner Giulia Sergas) said 'they like you'. I
said, 'well, it's home'."
The win means Ko will retain her No 1 world ranking.
"The more Ws the better, but it was just great, and I think I had a really good
(off-season) break which got me fresh going into this year," Ko said.
The tournament was sanctioned by the European and Australian tours.