Five Things to Know From Final Round of LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

Tanya Simon
April 30, 2018

Surrounded by positive memories of her back-to-back victories in Daly City in 2014 and 2015, Ko ended a winless drought that dated back to the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I.

After her third round Ko - a member of the Lake Merced club - said that a bit of luck and "members bounces" were helping her cause.

After splitting the fairway, Ko had 234 yards to the green.

Ko's last win was in OH, in July 2016, and there was little to suggest in recent weeks that she was about to hit winning form.

These bogeys dropped her to one behind Americas Jessica Korda through six holes, before rallying and to show her class with birdies on 7, 10, 13,15, 18 and the eagle again on 18 to hold off an incredible run from Australias Minjee Lee who was also outstanding with birdies on 17, 18 and 18.

American Jessica Korda played in the final group with Ko but finished with a 74 to drop into a tie for third at eight-under with Angel Yin (67), Shanshan Feng (68) and Charley Hull (70).

The West Australian was clearly comfortable on the Lake Merced course where she won the 2012 U.S Girls' Junior title.

Ko has won two majors and was world No. 1 for two years in one of the LPGA's longest reigns. "I know there's still a lot of golf to be played".

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Ko's approach shot came up short on the short par 5, and her chip for eagle grazed the high side of the cup.

"Actually, I tried to stay away from all the media and everything that was being said about me and tried to just focus on what was going on in front". "I was able to kind of put my game together on the back nine". The general questions surrounding her have been about why a teen sensation with 14 LPGA titles to her credit would change her coach, her equipment, her caddie-and why has it been two seasons since her last victory?

Sunday, that never-quit attitude earned her a 15 career win on the LPGA Tour.

"It's a huge relief because people were saying you're not winning because of this or that and my family, friends and sponsors were just really supportive of me". "This is such a special place for me", she said. It affected her the first two rounds as posted 73-71 to start the week, but she rebounded with back-to-back rounds of 68 on the weekend as she got to feeling better.

Ko just missed an eagle at the 15th while, one hole ahead, Lee made a sand save for par. "I think it was more frustration against myself from myself".

The 21-year-old said the win was a big moment for her support crew and team.

What hasn't been good is Feng's left shoulder, which she says has been giving her trouble this week in California. Ko made three bogeys in her first six holes to drop as many as two-back of the lead.

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