WONJU, SOUTH KOREA (AP) – Lydia Ko won her 18th career title in the country of her birth after completing a seven-under 65 final round at the BMW Ladies Championship yesterday.
Ko finished the South Korea-based tournament with a 21 under 267, four strokes ahead of Andrea Lee, who had a final round of three under 69.
“This is probably the best I’ve played, the most consistently I’ve played,” Ko said.
“I played the back nine really well in all four of my rounds, and I think that was the big key for me.”
Ko slipped to 15 under when she had a bogey at the number seven before firing in six birdies to leave the rest of the pack behind.
“Every time I come back to Korea, even though I play under the New Zealand flag, so many people support me… I think that is such a boost,” Ko said.
There was a three-way tie for third place with Hye-Jin Choi, Hyo Joo Kim and Lilia Vu all ending up at 16-under 272.
Atthaya Thitikul, who carded a tournament record 9 under 63 on the first day, ended up fourth following a disappointing round of 2 over 74 yesterday with five bogeys and only three birdies.