Ko: Win was a miracle
After becoming the youngest two-time major winner in LPGA history, Lydia Ko has described her unlikely victory at the ANA Inspiration Championship as something of a miracle.
Ariya Jutanugarn was two shots clear with three holes to play on Sunday. However, she bogeyed 16, 17 and 18 to fall out of contention in dramatic fashion.
Jutanugarn's capitulation opened the door for Ko who took her chance as she made a birdie on the last after putting her approach to within a foot of the hole at the par-five 18th. For the first time on the day, Ko held the lead on 12-under. She would not relinquish it.
"It's amazing," an emotional Ko said after her victory.
"I've never really played well at this course before so to know that I can play well at a course I haven't really played well before gives me confidence."
When asked where her wedge into 18 ranked amongst her favourite shots in her career Ko said: "It would be up there. Every shot is special in its own way, because every tournament is so different. Just playing the 72nd hole and birdieing the last hole, it’s always a good feeling."
Whilst many might look at 18 as the hole that won Ko the tournament, there were numerous par-saving putts throughout the day that kept her in the hunt. Ko acknowledged this.
"Something like a miracle needed to happen, so I think 17 was probably the most crucial putt," Ko said.
"At the end of the day, they were all important.
"If I miss the putt on 11, then I'm behind; if I miss my putt on 13, I might've been a little more behind."
When asked how much it meant to her to become the youngest two-time major winner in LPGA history, Ko did her best to play down the importance of records.
"Just to embrace this win, I think that's the special part. More than being the youngest something," she added.
"For every player, just coming here and looking at Poppie’s Pond, it’s something you would just like to do in your career."
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.