World No. 1 Lydia Ko wins LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International, first competition after marriage

Lydia Ko (New Zealand), the world’s No. 1 in women’s golf, won the European Women’s Professional Golf Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies’ International (total prize money of 5 million dollars).

Lydia Ko took 5 birdies and 1 bogey in the final round of the tournament held at the Royal Greens GCC (par 72) in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on the 19th, and hit 4 under par 68, recording a total of 21 under par 267 over four days, Aditi He won the championship by one stroke over Ashok (20 under par, 268 strokes, India).

Lydia Ko, who got married at the end of December last year, spent her honeymoon and won the championship cup and prize money of 750,000 dollars (approximately 970 million won) at this LET competition, which she started for the first time. Lydia Ko, the winner of this competition in 2021, missed the opportunity to defend the title last year due to a Corona 19 virus infection, but regained the title in two years. Following 19 victories on the LPGA Tour, she has 7 victories on the LET (one win is duplicated).

Lydia Ko, who started the final round in second place, one stroke behind Lilia Bu (USA), who led the third round, was dragged by two strokes to the 9th hole, but caught a birdie in the 10th hole (par 4) and added the opponent’s bogey, leading the joint lead (interim total). -19). When Lilia Boo grabbed a birdie in the 11th hole (par 3) and ran away, Lydia Ko added a birdie in the 13th hole (par 5) and took the second joint lead (-20).

Lydia Ko made a decisive birdie in the 17th hole (par 3), where three players, including Aditi Ashok (India) in the previous group, tied for the lead. Lydia Ko, who landed her tee shot about 4m from the hole in the strong wind of the beach, calmly putt a birdie and rose to the lead by one stroke. 바카라

In the last 18th hole (par 5), Lydia Ko sent her tee shot into the rough, but calmly sent her second shot to the fairway to put pressure on her opponent. On the other hand, Lilia Boo, who must catch a birdie, aimed her second shot directly at the green, but missed the ball into a pond on the left side of the fairway and made a bogey, and she was tied for third place. Ashok took home $450,000 (approximately 580 million won) in prize money in second place alone, and Lilia Boo, who won three victories in the LPGA 2nd Tour alone, tried to win her first professional championship in the LET tournament, but failed to overcome the final hurdle.

World No. 6 Lexi Thompson (USA) cut 6 strokes on the day and tied for 3rd place (19 under par, 269 strokes), and defending champion Georgia Hall (England) finished in 7th place (16 under par, 272 strokes).

Hae-Ran Yoo, a rookie on the LPGA Tour, reduced 5 strokes with 1 eagle and 3 birdies without a bogey, and tied for 9th with a total of 14 under par 274 strokes, making it the only Korean player to enter the top 10. Lim Hee-jeong tied with Charlie Hull (England) for 14th place (11 under par, 277 strokes), and Kim Hyo-joo, who ranked 9th in the world, finished with Ataya Titikkun (Thailand) and others for 18th place (10 under par, 278 strokes).

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