Monday, September 25

Lydia Ko tops Danielle Kang for Gainbridge LPGA title in Boca Rio

BOCA RATON — Lydia Ko and Danielle Kang had squared off for two days and 35 holes on the Boca Rio Golf Club course, so standing on the 18th hole Sunday afternoon with a one-shot lead, Ko I had a thought in mind:

“Please, I don’t want to play this hole again.”

Despite hitting her shot on the final hole of the 415-yard par 4 into a fairway bunker and her 5-iron approach into a greenside bunker, Ko avoided a sudden-death playoff with her good friend, raising and going down to achieve par and win. at the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio.

The 24-year-old Ko shot rounds of 63-70-72-69 for 274 at 14-under to earn his 17th career win and $300,000 on a day that was forecast to be frigid by South Florida standards. , but it turned out to be beautiful. with cloudless blue skies, light winds, and temperatures in the upper 50s.

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