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ANA Inspiration: Patty Tavatanakit repels Lydia Ko’s 62 cost to win at Mission Hills | Golf Information



Lydia Ko shoots a 62 – the lowest-ever remaining spherical in a girls’s main – however Patty Tavatanakit holds her nerve to finish a wire-to-wire victory at Mission Hills Nation Membership; England’s Charley Hull and Mel Reid tie for 14th place

Final Up to date: 05/04/21 2:25am

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand celebrates after sealing victory at the ANA Inspiration

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand celebrates after sealing victory on the ANA Inspiration

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit saved her composure amid an historic spherical by Lydia Ko to win the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Nation Membership.

Ko piled the strain on Tavatanakit with a 10-under 62 – the lowest-ever remaining spherical in a girls’s main – however the 21-year-old world No 103 held agency on the high of the leaderboard to finish a wire-to-wire victory and declare her first LPGA Tour success within the opening main of the yr.

Tavatanakit closed with a four-under 68 – her fourth spherical within the 60s after a 66, 69 and 67 – to complete on 18-under 270, two forward of Ko.

Tavatanakit was 5 clear heading into the ultimate spherical, however former world No 1 Ko, the 2016 champion at Rancho Mirage however with no win since April 2018, had already began her cost by the point she teed off.

New Zealander Ko, who began eight off the lead, birdied the primary after which added an eagle on the second, which was matched by Tavatanakit as she made a formidable begin to stay clear on the high.

Additional birdies adopted for Ko, 23, on the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth as she reached the flip in a course-record 29 blows.

Lydia Ko made eight birdies and an eagle during the final round

Lydia Ko made eight birdies and an eagle in the course of the remaining spherical

Tavatanakit, whose size off the tee has been a characteristic of her sport this week with a mean drive of 323 yards, continued to play flawless and composed golf out in entrance, although, regardless of the birdie barrage from Ko which continued on the tenth, eleventh and fifteenth.

The latter birdie moved Ko inside two of Tavatanakit, who had birdied the twelfth, however she may solely par the ultimate three holes to equal the course file set by Lorena Ochoa in 2016 and file solely the fourth 62 in a girls’s main (Hyo Joo Kim fired a 61 on the 2014 Evian Championship for the lowest-ever rating).

A poor drive and over-hit birdie putt on the fifteenth examined Tavatanakit however she managed to make par from round 12 toes, the putt nearly horseshoeing out, and she or he parred 16 and 17 to reach on the 18th tee nonetheless two clear.

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She then calmly made one other rock-solid par on the final to wrap up the victory and spark the celebrations on the 18th inexperienced.

Tavatanakit, who took the standard leap into Poppie’s Pond earlier than receiving the trophy, insisted afterwards she had not been conscious of Ko’s cost.

“I had no thought,” she mentioned. “Did not have a look at the leaderboard in any respect right this moment simply because I wished to play my very own sport, which I did, and did a extremely good job of that right this moment.

Tavatanakit celebrates after making a birdie at the eighth hole during the final round

Tavatanakit celebrates after making a birdie on the eighth gap in the course of the remaining spherical

“I simply saved hitting good photographs, my putts have been rolling nicely. Simply did not learn it nicely right this moment. Total I really feel I caught to my sport plan, I overcame the adversity on the market. It was powerful mentally and I simply really feel prefer it was so much happening and I really feel I dealt with it fairly nicely.”

American Nelly Korda, Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark and South Korea’s Sei Younger Kim all carded 66s to share third place on 11 below with China’s Shanshan Feng (69).

Jin Younger Ko and Inbee Park of South Korea, the world No 1 and No 2, carded rounds of 68 and 69 respectively, to tie for seventh on 10 below together with American Ally Ewing (71).

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England’s Charley Hull, who began seven off the lead, made an encouraging begin with birdies on the first and third, however she was unable to match Ko’s cost and will solely add yet one more birdie, together with three bogeys, for a level-par 72 to tie for 14th place, together with compatriot Mel Reid, who closed with a five-under 67.

Northern Eire’s Stephanie Meadow additionally signed off with a 67 to complete in a tie for nineteenth place on six below, whereas Leona Maguire of Eire (70) ended up in a tie for twenty eighth on 4 below.

England’s Georgia Corridor (69) was one additional again, tied for thirty sixth on three below, with compatriot Bronte Regulation (69) sharing fiftieth spot on stage par.

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