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S. Korean-born teenager becomes youngest LPGA winner
South Korean-born teenager Lydia Ko became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour Sunday in Canada.
At the Vancouver Golf Club, Ko, who now resides in New Zealand, captured the CN Canadian Women's Open by three shots over South Korean Park In-bee.
Ko, 15, shot a five-under 67 in the final round for a 72-hole total of 13-under.
American Lexi Thompson had previously been the youngest LPGA winner, taking the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, seven months and eight days. Ko turned 15 in April this year.
Ko took a one-shot lead into Sunday and pulled away with five birdies on the first six holes on the back nine. Her 67 in the final round tied two others for the best score of the day.
Ko is still an amateur and is ineligible to collect the winner's check of US$300,000. Park, the runner-up, instead took home the money.
Park was one of five South Koreans in the top-10. Choi Na-yeon, Shin Ji-yai and Chella Choi shared the third place at eight-under.
Kang Hae-ji shot a 67 in the final round to finish in the sole possession of eighth at six-under.
Ko, who moved to New Zealand with her family at age 6, is the first amateur winner on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner in 1969.
In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia, about three months before her 15th birthday, to become the youngest player, male or female, to win a professional golf event. It was later broken by a Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson in June.
Ko also won the U.S. Women's Amateur in Cleveland two weeks ago. (Yonhap News)