• Lydia Ko shoots four under par rounds to win in Melbourne
• Becomes youngest ever win of the Australian Open
• "To say I beat the golf course is pretty awesome," said Ko
World No.1 Lydia Ko continued her growing dominance in the women’s game with her sixth career LPGA victory at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The 17-year-old shot a two-under par final round of 71 to finish two shots clear of Amy Yang and five clear of Ariya Jutanugarn, who was tied for the lead with Ko after the second round.
All of the New Zealander’s four rounds were under par, and after a bogey on the first hole of her final round, she responded with an eagle on the third and a faultless back nine meant she held her nerve to become the youngest ever winner of the competition.
Speaking after winning at Royal Melbourne GC, Lydia Ko said: “I had a shaky start so that kind of got me more nervous but I came back with a pretty awesome eagle and that kind of settled down my nerves.
"Winning is great but just being able to play here is my favourite thing” - Lydia Ko
“To win on such an amazing course here, it’s amazing. I had so much fun when I was playing here in 2012 but to come out on top here and say I beat the golf course is pretty awesome. It’s so tough and you can see by the scores that it’s hard to make one birdie.
“I feel so fortunate that I can play these great tournaments at these great golf courses and travel around the world. That’s the most important thing, that I’m having fun and getting all these great opportunities. Winning is great but just being able to play here is my favourite thing.”
Lydia Ko also tweeted:
England’s Charley Hull, who was two shots off the lead after the second round, ended the competition T7 on one-under par, while Scotland’s Catriona Matthew finished T27 on four-over, with Kylie Walker five shots further back on nine-over.
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