Lydia Ko claims first win since 2016 at LPGA Mediheal Championship
The 21-year-old won the Mediheal Championship at San Francisco with a stunning eagle on the first playoff hole, her first triumph on Tour since July 2016.
But make it she did, returning to the winner’s circle for the first time since July 2016 with a touch of magic which many thought Ko might never be able to recapture.
Ko, who turned 21 on Tuesday, dropped her head back – in relief or disbelief – then cried as she was congratulated on the green. Playing under ideal conditions with sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s Fahrenheit (26C), Dufner and Perez finished one shot back in second with a final-round 68. “She got off social media, she quit reading about herself and just went about her business”.
On the primary further gap, the par-five 18th, Ko responded to the strain with a sensational 3-wood strategy shot to inside inches of an albatross (two pictures on a par 5).
“It’s disappointing that I couldn’t do better on the back nine”.
Overnight leader Korda, seeking her second LPGA victory of the season, left her birdie attempt at the 18th short, settling for a one-under 71 and 206. Australian Minjee Lee was alone in third after a 68 for 208. That’s when she took out a 3-wood and smashed it.
After the win, she was in tears describing her success as “crazy”. “It was emotional. The entire workforce is a part of it they usually put in as a lot of work as I’ve”.
(Published May 1, 2018 – The Hugo Observer)