Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko has won the Ladies 1st Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, to become the youngest ever two-time Major Champion. She is definitely an inspiration to us all.
Lydia needed some inspiration to make birdie on the final hole to seal her one shot victory at -12 under par and claim her second Major title, and also officially qualified for the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award.
Lydia’s last round effort of -3 under par 69 saving her from a play-off in the ANA Inspiration.
Lydia made history with her first Major win last year at the Evian Championship but said the second was just as sweet;
“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them, every one of them is special.”
“And every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”
“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before, I think gives me the confidence.”
“Every shot is special in its own way, like every win is special, because every tournament is so different.”
“But just playing the 72nd hole, birdieing the last hole, that’s always a good feeling.”
Obviously for that shot to mean so much that I would win the event, that makes it extra special.”
“But I obviously laid up to the right number and hit it to the exactly right spot. But I thought it was going to be a little short, but with the greens firming up, it ended up being perfect.”
Charley Hull from England, -3 under 69 today and In Gee Chun from South Korea, -2 under 70, tied for second place, both at -11 under par.
Charley thinks her hard work is paying off;
“I feel like I’ve been playing great all season, like I put a lot of good work in over Christmas and over New Year, so I feel confident in my game.”
“I feel like I’m in a good place outside of golf, as well. Like with my friends, I feel like that helps me relax on the golf course, also.”
Ariya Jutanugarn was fourth, at -10 under, she said she had played well, except for the last three holes;
“Actually it’s pretty good, just only the last three holes.”
“I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading.”
“Next time it’s going to be so much fun to be there, but I got a lot of experience from this week.”
Lexi Thompson, who started the day as leader, had a sad final round, +1 over par 73, dropping her to fifth position at -9 under par.