New Zealand’s Lydia Ko takes greatest first prize in ladies’s golf historical past, successful $3 million at LPGA Tour Championship

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko takes greatest first prize in ladies’s golf historical past, successful  million at LPGA Tour Championship

Lydia Ko has recorded an emotional win on the LPGA’s season-ending Tour Championship in Florida to disclaim Australian Minjee Lee two extra large gongs.LPGA Tour ChampionshipFinal leaderboard (chosen)1: Lydia Ko (NZL) 17-under2: Leona Maguire (IRE) 15-under3: Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 14-underT4: Georgia Corridor (ENG) 12-underT4: Jeongeun Lee6 (S KOR) 12-underT33 Hannah Inexperienced (AUS) 1-underT33 Minjee Lee (AUS) 1-underKo held her nerve with a final-round 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to complete two pictures away from Eire’s Leona Maguire (72).The victory clinched player-of-the-year honours for Ko and likewise the most important cheque in ladies’s golf historical past.Ko’s $US2 million ($3 million) pay day took her season earnings to $US4,364,403 ($6.6 million), leaving the New Zealander to additionally win the season-long cash listing.Lee completed second in each the player-of-the-year and cash race in 2022 after fading to a tie for thirty third in Naples with a closing with a 5-over 77.Australia’s world quantity 5 bogeyed six of her final 10 holes in her worst end of a sapping season.Lee had the possibility to be topped participant of the yr if she had completed within the high 10 and above Ko within the final occasion of the LPGA season.As a substitute, the 26-year-old ended the match 16 pictures behind Ko, who additionally claimed the Vare Trophy for greatest scoring common for the second consecutive season and the second time in her profession.Lee, although, nonetheless ended her personal stellar season with the Annika Main Award for main participant of the yr after her commanding US Open triumph in June and likewise pocketed a cheque for $US1 million ($1.5 million) because the Threat Reward Problem winner. Minjee Lee had two birdies however seven bogeys in a troublesome closing spherical that noticed her end 16 strokes behind winner Lydia Ko.(Getty Pictures: Douglas P DeFelice)Nevertheless, the Sunday spoils had been all for Ko, who choked up after holing out on the final to say her first player-of-the-year award since 2015.”There was lots of issues on the road as we speak,” Ko stated.”I actually wished to play the most effective golf I can. I knew it will be a troublesome battle, particularly with how robust the situations had been.”With three victories, plus 9 further high 5s in 2022, the previous teenage prodigy additionally posted her first multiple-win season since 2016, to edge ever nearer to a seemingly inevitable place within the LPGA Corridor of Fame.Ko would even have regained the highest rating if world primary Nelly Korda had completed exterior the highest 20.Nevertheless, the American tied for tenth, at 8-under, after closing with a 70.Nonetheless, Ko headed for the low season with plans to get married feeling blissfully content material as world quantity two.”That is my final match as a single girl,” she stated with fun on the trophy presentation.Hannah Inexperienced — the one different Australian within the elite 60-player discipline for the season finale — tied for thirty third with Lee, at 1-under, following a final-round 71.AAP

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