Ko becomes youngest two-time LPGA major champion
Lydia Ko has written her name into the record books again with her come-from-behind victory at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday. Ko birdied the final hole to finish at 12-under and one shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun.
The dramatic victory makes Ko the youngest two-time major winner in LPGA history (18 years, 11 months and 9 days) and the youngest male or female with two major wins since Young Tom Morris in 1869.
Lydia Ko became the youngest woman ever to win two LPGA major titles (Credit: LPGA Tour)
It is her 12th career LPGA victory since turning pro in late 2013 and second this season, having won last week’s Kia Classic. The US$390,000 first prize takes her 2016 total past the $1 million mark ($1,004,122) – a feat she has now achieved for the third-consecutive year.
“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them,” said Ko. “Every one of them is special, and every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”
“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before I think gives me the confidence.”
Minjee Lee finished the best the Australians in a tie for 26th following rounds of 71, 68, 74 and 71.
The only other Aussie in the field this week was 7-time major winner Karrie Webb, who closed the weekend in a distant T56 at 3-over.
The LPGA Tour now heads to Hawaii for the US$1,800,000 LOTTE Championship where Sei Young Kim, who missed the cut this week, will defend her title.