Lydia Ko Wins Major – Evian Championship
Lydia Ko Youngest to Win LPGA Major
Lydia Ko has made quite a name for herself over the past two years and has been celebrated as one of the greatest players in the world. But the lack of a major championship on her resume left her lacking in the eyes of some.
The critics have now been silenced.
Ko made history on Sunday by capturing the Evian Championship to become, at 18 years, 4 months, and 20 days, the youngest player in history to win one of the LPGA’s five major championships. The previous mark was held by Morgan Pressel who was 18 years, 10 months, and 9 days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2007.
The youngest major champion of all time, male or female, is Young Tom Morris, who claimed the Open championship in 1868 at the age of 17 years, 5 months, and 8 days.
“[Saturday] I said, winning at any age is amazing at a major,” Ko said, “and all players want to peak at their best at a major. To say that I’m the youngest in history for now, it’s so cool. But the big thing for me is I won’t be asked that question.”
Ko finished with a 63 to get home in 16-under par 268. That 63 set a record for lowest score by a winner in the final round of a major. Her closet pursuer, Lexi Thompson, was left in the dust, six shots behind.
Ko admitted to experiencing some emotion when her final putt dropped. “I kind of got a little overwhelmed,” she said, “and I
could kind of feel tears coming when Jason [her caddie] said, ‘Enjoy the moment,’ coming down onto the green. I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the questions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was relieved. But to kind of have that putt go in, I think just everything dropped. I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I mean, it was so amazing, and just, I think, all feelings kind of went into me.”
The victory was Ko’s ninth LPGA win overall and seventh since being granted LPGA membership by Commissioner Mike Whan prior to the 2014 season. She was still an amateur when she won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 and again the next year. She turned professional in October of 2013.