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Lydia Ko wins at Lake Merced with playoff eagle

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, follows her approach shot to the fifth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Champi...
Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, follows her shot up to the first green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship...
Minjee Lee, of Australia, follows her shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championshi...
Minjee Lee, right, of Australia, walks up the fifth fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf...
Shanshan Feng, of China, follows her shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship...
Jessica Korda follows her drive from the second tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournam...
Jessica Korda follows her shot out of a bunker on the fifth fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Champions...

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, follows her approach shot to the fifth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Champi...

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, follows her shot up to the first green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship...

Minjee Lee, of Australia, follows her shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championshi...

Minjee Lee, right, of Australia, walks up the fifth fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf...

Shanshan Feng, of China, follows her shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship...

Jessica Korda follows her drive from the second tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournam...

Jessica Korda follows her shot out of a bunker on the fifth fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Champions...

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Lydia Ko hit a 3-wood to 3 feet for eagle to finish off Minjee Lee on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the chilly LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

Ko won her 15th LPGA Tour title and first since July 2016, a 43-event stretch marked by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment and a large weight loss. Five days after turning 21, the New Zealander won for the third time at Lake Merced after taking the Swinging Skirts LPGA at the tree-lined layout in 2014 and 2015.

Twenty yards behind Lee in the fairway on the par-5 18th in the playoff, Ko hit a 3-wood that cleared the tree limbs on the right, landed in front of the green and rolled inches by on the right side.

Lee, the 21-year-old Australian who won the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior at Lake Merced, hit her second shot into the rough near the right greenside bunker and made a 10-foot birdie putt.

Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to match Lee at 12-under 276. Lee had her second straight 68.

Ko holed a flop shot for birdie on the par-4 13th, two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th and matched Lee with an up-and-down birdie on the 18th to force the playoff.

Playing in the group ahead of Ko and Jessica Korda, Lee holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th.

Korda, a stroke ahead of Ko and Lee with nine holes left, finished with a 74 to drop into a tie for third at 8 under with Angel Yin (67), Shanshan Feng (68) and Charley Hull (70).


Updated : 2021-01-21 01:17 GMT+08:00