Lydia Ko stored Eire’s Leona Maguire at bay in the course of the ultimate spherical of the CME Group Tour Championship to clinch victory by two photographs; Ko’s spherical of 70 ensured she completed on 17-under with Maguire carding 72 on Sunday
Final Up to date: 20/11/22 9:59pm
Lydia Ko gained her nineteenth LPGA Tour title on the CME Group Tour Championship, edging out Eire’s Leona Maguire by two photographs.
Ko and Maguire went into the ultimate spherical tied earlier than Ko outlasted her rival and seized management with a seven-foot birdie putt on the sixteenth to shut with a two-under 70 for a two-shot 17-under victory.
Ko wiped away tears when she tapped in for par on the final gap at Tiburon Golf Membership and she or he now takes house a $2 million cheque, the biggest prize in girls’s golf.
“There was a whole lot of issues on the road immediately,” Ko stated. “I actually needed to play the most effective golf I can. I knew it could be a troublesome battle, particularly with how robust the circumstances have been.”
Watch the emotional second Lydia Ko claims her nineteenth LPGA title
Maguire’s hopes started to fade when she hit a fairway steel so skinny on the par-five 14th that it did not cross the hazard.
She took a penalty drop, nonetheless could not get to the inexperienced into the sturdy wind and needed to stand up and down with a wedge to salvage bogey.
“I do not assume Leona (Maguire) put sufficient strain on Lydia (Ko),” Trish Johnson stated on Sky Sports activities Golf.
“The bogey at 14 was sort of unforgivable actually, it is the place she wanted an opportunity to make an eagle or a birdie and get inside one. She hit her worst shot of the week which completely harm her.”
Maguire’s ultimate spherical of 72 held off Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hull for second place and earned her $550,000 from the $7 million purse.
Ko clinched the points-based award for LPGA Participant of the Yr for the second time, and she or he gained the Vare Trophy for the second straight yr for having the bottom scoring common.
The awards for Participant of the Yr and the Vare Trophy are every value one level, together with the victory, giving her 25 factors towards the 27 factors wanted for the LPGA Corridor of Fame.
“With Lydia (Ko), I feel she’s all of the sudden realised what golf she’s been enjoying this yr,” Johnson famous.
“You do not see many feelings from right here, however after this (win), you noticed what it actually means to her. It all of the sudden hit her, how nicely she’s performed this yr and what it means to her. The sky is the restrict and she or he’s nonetheless solely 25 years outdated.
“Leona was disenchanted. I feel she expects extra from herself. There was a rating on the market, Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Corridor each shot five-under, so there was an opportunity of placing Ko below strain.”
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