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Published: Monday, 8/27/2012

15-year-old Ko captures LPGA Tour event

Teen makes history with 3-stroke win

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Lydia Ko, 15, is doused by fellow golfers after winning the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open on Sunday. She became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Lydia Ko, 15, is doused by fellow golfers after winning the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open on Sunday. She became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history.
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COQUITLAM, British Columbia -- Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion.

The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory. She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.

"To break another record, or being in the history, it's amazing, and it's always awesome to be able to play with the pros," Ko said.

In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event, a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a Canadian Women's Tour event in Quebec. Ko also won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland.

Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club, pulling away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine. She opened with consecutive 68s and shot a 72 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Inbee Park shot a 69 to finish second.

U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin tied for third at 8 under. Na Yeon Shoi had a 73, and Chella Choi and Shin shot 71.

 

Watney on radar after Barclays win

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory at The Barclays that was timely in so many ways.

Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by three over Brandt Snedeker.

Watney is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month.

Winning against one of the strongest fields of the year also puts him in the conversation as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Davis Love III will select four players after next week's tournament outside Boston. Garcia shot 75 and tied for third.

 

Blake wins Boeing Classic in playoff

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic for his third Champions Tour title, beating Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Playing the par-5 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, Blake tapped in for birdie after O'Meara's 15-foot birdie attempt missed on the low side of the hole. Blake and O'Meara also birdied the hole in regulation for matching 4-under 68s that left them tied at 10-under 206. They missed short birdie putts on the first extra hole.

O'Meara pulled his second shot on the 498-yard, uphill hole, into the rough left of the green and his pitch checked up short. Blake went into the rough behind the green with his second shot, but his pitch nearly went in.

Blake won twice last year on the 50-and-over tour.

The playoff marked the fourth time in eight years that the event has gone to extra holes.

Willie Wood, coming off his first tour victory last week in New York in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, had a 70 finish a stroke back.



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