LOS ANGELES: World number one Lydia Ko clinched the second major of her career on Sunday with a dramatic victory at the ANA Inspiration after a late collapse from Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.
The 18-year-old New Zealander held her nerve to conjure up a superb birdie on the 18th hole at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, to complete back-to-back major wins.
Ko’s three-under-par 69 left her at 12 under for the tournament, one clear of England’s Charley Hull and South Korea’s Chun In-Gee.
Ariya, who had led by two shots with three to play, finished with bogeys on the 16th, 17th and 18th to end on 10 under.
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Ko is the youngest woman ever to win two majors following her victory last September at the Evian Championship.
She is the youngest golfer of either sex to win two majors since Young Tom Morris, who was aged 18 years, four months and 27 days when he won the Open in 1869.
“I just wanted to enjoy playing on the tour,” a delighted Ko said afterwards. “Just being in this position is a dream come true. For these things to be happening is unbelievable,” said Ko of her remarkable achievements.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2016.
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