Lydia Ko held off Ireland’s Leona Maguire in the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship to take the win by two shots; KO’s round of 70 saw him finish at 17 under with Maguire carding 72 on Sunday
Last update: 11/20/22 9:59 p.m.
Lydia Ko won her 19th LPGA Tour title at the CME Group Tour Championship, beating Ireland’s Leona Maguire by two strokes.
Ko and Maguire entered the final round tied before Ko outlasted her rival and took control with a seven-foot birdie putt on the 16th to close with a two-under 70 for a two-under 17-under win. .
Ko wiped away tears when she hit par on the last hole at Tiburon Golf Club and is now winning a check for $2 million, the biggest prize in women’s golf.
“There was a lot at stake today,” Ko said. “I really wanted to play the best golf I could. I knew it would be an uphill battle, especially with the tough conditions.”
Watch the emotional moment Lydia Ko wins her 19th LPGA title
Maguire’s hopes began to fade when she hit fairway metal so thin on the par-5 14 that it didn’t cross the hurdle.
She took a penalty, still couldn’t reach the green in the strong wind and had to go up and down with a corner to save the bogey.
“I don’t think Leona (Maguire) put enough pressure on Lydia (Ko),” Trish Johnson said on Sky Sports Golf.
“The bogey at 14 was really unforgivable, that’s when she needed a chance to eagle or birdie and hit one. She had her worst shot of the week, which left her totally hurt.”
Maguire’s final round of 72 held Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hull for second place and netted him $550,000 on the $7 million purse.
Ko picked up the points-based award for LPGA Player of the Year for the second time, and she won the Vare Trophy for the second year in a row for having the lowest scoring average.
The Player of the Year awards and the Vare Trophy are each worth one point, as well as winning, giving her 25 points of the 27 points needed for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
“With Lydia (Ko), I think she suddenly realized what golf she’s been playing this year,” Johnson noted.
“You don’t see a lot of emotions from here, but after this (win) you saw what it really means to her. It suddenly hit her, how well she’s played this year and what it means to her. The sky is the limit and she is still only 25 years old.
“Leona was disappointed. I think she expects more from herself. There was a score there, Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall both shot five under so there was a chance to put Ko under pressure .”
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