LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP: KO PROUD OF HER PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK

18/08/2014

World No.2 Lydia Ko was proud of her performance at the LPGA Championship in New York.

 

The 17-year-old, who was trying to become the youngest major champion in golf history, carded a two-under par 70 today in the final round of the LPGA Championship to finish in third place.

 

The LPGA Tour Rookie finished three shots back from American Brittney Lincicome (71) and South Korean Inbee Park (70) who finished tied on an 11-under par total.

Former World No.1 Park defeated the overnight leader Lincicome on the first playoff hole with a par to the American’s bogey.

Ko rallied throughout the final round but ultimately the four shot deficit proved too much. She made bogeys on the final two holes to finish alone in third place.

“It was kind of disappointing finishing with two bogeys but overall I played pretty solid today,” said the Pinehurst School Student.

“I tried to give myself opportunities and made a lot of good putts. So yeah, I’m pretty happy with how the major has finished.”

It could have been very different.

With three holes to play, Ko was making a strong challenge for the title at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

The New Zealand No.1 made three birdies in four holes midway through the back nine to get to four-under par for the day and within one shot of the leader Lincicome.

The American rallied to pull two clear before Ko had a forgettable finish which ended her title hopes.

Ko’s third place finish is her best finish in a major championship as a professional. She was runner-up at the Evian Championship in 2013 as an amateur.

The four-time LPGA Tour winner continued her dream debut season as a professional with her ninth top-10 finish in 2014.

Ko will head to Canada this week looking to continue her remarkable run at the Canadian Open which she won back to back in 2012 and 2013 as an amateur.

She will have one more attempt this year to become the youngest major champion in history at the Evian Championship in September.

“This gives me a lot of confidence,” said Ko. “You know, majors are where we try and perform our best, and to have a top-5 finish, I think that’s really good.”

 

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