Ko storms to vic­tory in Tai­wan

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Ly­dia Ko can­tered to a nine-stroke vic­tory at the LPGA Tai­wan Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day to take back the women’s world num­ber one spot from South Korean Park In-bee.

Ko started the fi­nal round with a four-stroke ad­van­tage and then carded a seven-un­der-par 65 for a to­tal of 20-un­der, which also made the 18-year-old New Zealan­der the youngest player to earn 10 wins on the LPGA Tour.

“I have played con­sis­tently well over the last cou­ple of weeks and it’s some­thing we can all cel­e­brate and I want to share this with my whole team,” Ko said af­ter her win.

Ko needed to win or fin­ish sec­ond in Tai­wan to move ahead of Park, who did not play in the tour­na­ment, and she could not have asked for a bet­ter start in the fi­nal round as she sunk four birdies in her first six holes.

Her only bo­gey of the day came at the sev­enth, but she ea­gled the 12 and picked up two more strokes with birdies at 14 and 18 for a best-ofthe-day 65. Ko, who claimed her fifth LPGA vic­tory of the sea­son, be­came the youngest player to win 10 Tour ti­tles, tak­ing that hon­our from Nancy Lopez.

Ly­dia Ko

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