Lydia Ko turned 17-years-old on Thursday, and notched her third LPGA win on Sunday at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Ko defeated third round leader Stacy Lewis by one shot as both players birdied the par-five finishing hole.
Ko is the two-time defending champion of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Surprisingly, both wins were as an amateur. The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is her first LPGA victory as a professional, and she is expected to move to second in the Rolex World Golf Rankings behind Inbee Park.
Stacy Lewis lived up to her unofficial title as the most consistent player in the game by securing her seventh top 10 in eight events. Three of the top 10s are second place finishes.
Lewis parred the first nine holes of the final round before bogeying ten and thirteen to fall two strokes behind Ko. Both players birdied the par-5 fourteenth, and Lewis added a birdie on 16 to get within a stroke of Ko. Lewis left her birdie putt short on seventeen, and Jenny Shin drained a birdied to put both players right behind Ko with one hole to play.
All three players laid up on the par-5 finishing hole. Shin hit a solid approach to 10-feet, and Lewis stuffed her wedge shot to three-feet. Ko left herself with a 60-yard pitch shot from the rough that she played beautifully to six-feet below the hole. After Shin missed her birdie putt, Ko took the title with a no doubt birdie to finish at 12-under total. Lewis made her birdie to take solo second at 11-under, and Shin finished in third at 10-under.
Inbee Park, Line Vedel, and Shanshan Feng tied for fourth at six-under.