Lydia Ko Wins the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

Credit: Getty Images/Matt Sullivan

At Lake Merced Golf Club, Lydia Ko carded a final-round 71, and then beat Minjee Lee on the first playoff hole to capture the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

Credit: Getty Images/Matt Sullivan

The win ended a nearly two-year winless streak for the 21-year old New Zealander, and it happened in a place – Daly City – where she won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015 (at the former Swinging Skirts event).

Ko entered the day at 11 under and one up on the field, but after opening with three bogeys on her first seven holes, the former world No. 1 fell two shots back. Birdies on No. 13, 15 and 18 got Ko into a playoff with Lee, who also made three late gains (Nos. 15, 17 and 18) to reach 12 under.

In the playoff, the two finalists played the par-5 18th, where Ko nearly holed out her second shot for an albatross, leaving herself with a tap-in three-foot eagle for the win.

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