Lydia Ko held on to win the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio today.
Ko finished the four-day tournament 14 under, just holding off Danielle Kang who finished 13 under and just missed a birdie on the 18th.
The win gave the 24-year-old New Zealander her 17th win, and with that she became the first player to reach 17 wins before age 25 since Nancy Lopez did it way back in 1979.
“I tried to stay really patient out there and not get carried away on what everybody else was doing and just focus on my game, trying to make the lowest score I could,” said Ko, who recorded four birdies for a 3-under 69 in the final round. “I think that helped me really dial it in and just kind of stay in the present, which I think is really important, especially when other players are playing well and I’m not making many birdies.”
“To finish off with a few birdies [on the back nine] was nice, and I think holing that putt on 15 was kind of the momentum shifter for me,” Ko said. “It wasn’t the easiest putt. I kept aiming more and more right because it looked like it was a swinging putt and ended up being the perfect read.
“I normally line up my ball where I want to start it. I lined it up and stood up to it and said, ‘I think this is still too low.’ I had already aimed quite a few feet out, and [my caddie] Derek [Kistler] had a point that was a few feet right of the hole. Sometimes I get frustrated because I end up trusting my feel over the ball. But in that case, feel helped me out.”
Danielle Kang (-13) finished second, while Yuka Saso (-12) took third. Charley Hull and Celine Boutier tied for fourth at -11. Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson tied for sixth at -7. A three-way tie for eighth between Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Stacy Lewis and Hye-Jin Choi at -6 rounded out the top 10.
Nelly Korda tied for 20th at just -2.
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LPGA Drive-On Championship from Fort Myers, FL begins on February 3rd and runs through February 5th. The tournament will be broadcast on Peacock.