COQUITLAM, British Columbia Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion.
The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory. She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.
“To break another record, or being in the history, it's amazing, and it's always awesome to be able to play with the pros,” Ko said.
In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event, a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a 36-hole Canadian Women's Tour event in Quebec. Ko also won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland.
“I didn't cry after this one,” said Ko, but [after] that one I did cry,” Ko said, referencing the U.S. Women's Amateur. “Yeah, to me, U.S. Amateur is a big event, and obviously this is a huge event as well. But still, as an amateur winning one of the biggest amateur events, I feel like it was a better win – even though this one was awesome.”
Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club, pulling away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine. She opened with consecutive 68s and shot a 72 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
Inbee Park shot a 69 to finish second.
Park chipped in for birdie on the final hole, and Ko closed with a bogey to make it closer.
“The pressure she was handling is really amazing,” Park said. “I'm really happy for her. It's great for her career – and I think I was just lucky to get the winner's check today.”
U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin tied for third at 8 under. Na Yeon Choi had a 73, and Chella Choi and Shin shot 71.
The glove Ko wore in the final round will be displayed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“To have something that's mine to be up there, it's amazing, and it doesn't come down or anything,” she said. “So it will always remain there, and it'll be a good memory. It's been an awesome week.”
Ko plans to remain an amateur and go to college in the United States, possibly at Stanford.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland Scotland’s Paul Lawrie marked the official confirmation of his return to the European Ryder Cup team after 13 years with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The 43-year-old Lawrie shot a final-round 68 to finish with a 16-under 272 for his second tour victory of the year and the eighth of his career.
Brett Rumford (68) of Australia was second for his best finish in two years on 12 under.
Holland’s Maarten Lafeber (69), France’s Romain Wattel (72) and Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed (65) shared third place on 11 under.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his third Champions Tour title, beating Mark O’Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Playing the par-5 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, Blake tapped in for birdie after O’Meara’s 15-foot birdie attempt missed on the low side of the hole. Blake and O’Meara also birdied the hole in regulation for matching 4-under 68s that left them tied at 10-under 206. They missed short birdie putts on the first extra hole.
O’Meara pulled his second shot on the 498-yard, uphill hole, into the rough left of the green and his pitch checked up short. Blake went into the rough behind the green with his second shot, but his pitch nearly went in.
Blake won twice last year on the 50-and-over tour.
The playoff marked the fourth time in eight years that the event has gone to extra holes.
Willie Wood, coming off his first tour victory last week in New York in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, had a 70 finish a stroke back.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Darron Stiles won the News Sentinel Open for his fifth career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.
The 39-year-old Stiles finished at 18-under 266 at Fox Den and earned $90,000 to jump from 30th to eighth on the money list with $200,911. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Scott Gardiner shot a 62 to tie for second with D.J. Brigman and Nicholas Thompson. Brigman closed with a 63, and Thompson had a 64.