Lydia Ko produced a stunning final round to win the Evian Championship overnight.
Lydia Ko produced a magical, bogey-free 8-under par final round to win her first major overnight. The talented Kiwi won the Evian Championship by a whopping six strokes from American Lexi Thompson.
In doing so, Ko becomes the third Kiwi to win a major golf championship joining Sir bob Charles who won the Open Championship in 1963 and Michael Campbell who won the US Open in 2005.
“Today has been unbelievable. You know, I put myself in a good position going into today, over the last couple of days, and yeah, I just focused on my game,” Ko said.
Ko made eight birdies in her round including one at the difficult final hole just to add another layer of icing on the cake. It was a hole that Ko had struggled with all week carding a bogey in each of her opening three rounds.
“I said before that my goal coming into today was to make par on 18, and that’s still not accomplished yet. I’ll be back next year to do that”, Ko joked after her round.
At just 18-years of age, Ko already has a string of record-breaking achievements to her name.
Ko became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she won the Canadian Open at the age of 15 in 2012, she is the youngest winner of the Women’s Australian Open, and she went on to become the youngest ever female golfer to be ranked number one when she assumed the throne earlier this year.
“I said, winning at any age is amazing at a major, and all players want to peak at their best at a major.” Ko said. “To say that I’m the youngest in history for now, it’s so cool.”
Ko is wise beyond her years and without a shadow of doubt, there are more major victories to come. But for now, Ko has her eyes firmly set on representing New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
“You know, it’s only around the corner. It’s less than a year from now. I think the first time it was announced, I was like, man, I really want to be playing in the Olympics,” Ko added.