• Claims New Zealand Open title by four shots
• "It’s just great to have won the two Opens back to back.”
Lydia Ko just can’t stop winning.
The 17-year-old New Zealander backed up her win in last week’s Australian Women’s Open with victory on home soil in the New Zealand Oepn.
The women’s world No.1 held off Australian amateur Hannah Green to win by four shots and take the title for the second time. She had previously won it as an amateur in 2013.
Her latest victory also included a superb 11-under-par 61 in her second round, a new course record at the host venue, Clearwater.
Ko has now won ten professional titles – more than Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie combined – and she admits she is thrilled by her excellent start to 2015.
“I tied second in my first week, tied seventh the week after then won my last two events,” she said. “So this is even better than I would ever have imagined. It’s just great to have won the two Opens back to back.”
In the 12 major championships she has played so far, including seven as an amateur, Ko has yet to miss a cut.
Ko’s next priority will surely be to win her first major title and she will get her first opportunity to do so this year at the ACA Inspiration - formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship - in little over a month’s time.
She was tied 25th there on her debut as an amateur in 2013 before she finished tied 29th last year.
Incredibly, in the 12 major championships she has played so far, including seven as an amateur, Ko has yet to miss a cut, finished runner-up in the Evian Championship in 2013.
Most recently, she was third in last year’s Women PGA Championship and tied for eighth in the 2014 Evian Championship.
Lydia Ko :: What now for the world No.1?
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