Ko wins NZ Golf Open

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Home favourite Ly­dia Ko shrugged off the ef­fects of an earth­quake to win her third New Zealand Women's Open ti­tle in four years. The 5.7-mag­ni­tude quake af­fected the Christchurch area about 10 min­utes be­fore the 18-year-old be­gan play. But she started her round on time and fin­ished with a two-un­der 70.

It left her two shots clear of Eng­land's Felic­ity John­son, South Korean am­a­teur Hye-Jin Choi and Den­mark's Nanna Ko­er­stz Mad­sen. "It was lucky I wasn't out there play­ing be­cause I wouldn't want to be in the middle of my swing and the ball moves some­where else," said the teenager af­ter­wards.

"It's been a long week, a lot of emo­tion and a lot of peo­ple to share this amaz­ing vic­tory with. Es­pe­cially given how much New Zealand golf has been a sup­port to me and my ca­reer."

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