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Lydia Ko has won her third title in Canada, with two coming at the Vancouver Golf Club, after defeating Stacy Lewis in a playoff at the CP Women’s Open on Sunday.
Ko went into the day tied for the lead with Candie Kung, but shot an even par 72, allowing Lewis to catch her with a final round 67 to also get it to 12 under and send it to an extra hole, where Lewis bogeyed the par four 18th and Ko parred to win her third title in Canada in the past four years.
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Ko won the Canadian Women’s Open as a 15-year-old amateur at the Vancouver Golf Club and successfully defended the following year at Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair. This is the first time, however, that she will be able to cash a paycheque now that she’s a professional.
“It would have been great if I was coming down the 18th with like a four-shot lead like I did in 2012, but it is what it is. Stacy played amazing today, to shoot 67 under those conditions,” said Ko
“It’s great to come back to Vancouver and play well in front of such big crowds. I had an amazing week,” she added.
“I didn’t know that in 2012, I might be coming back here in a couple years, and then winning here again – so many great memories here and hopefully, we’ll be able to come back here,” said Ko.
Lewis said she has been feeling her game come together for the past month and other than going off the fairway with her drive on the playoff hole, she had a good round.
“If you would have told me at the beginning of the day, I was going to be in a playoff, I would have been pretty happy,” said Lewis.
“Just with the way my game has been over the last month or so, I felt I was close to putting together a good round and that’s what I did today. I still left a few out there. I would have liked a better lie in the rough in the playoff, but other than that, it was pretty good,” she said.
After hectic week following her first LPGA Tour victory last week in Portland and receiving full-time tour membership, Brooke Henderson shot her best round of the tournament, a bogey-free 67 that left her tied for 23rd at four under to finish as low Canadian.
“It was a really fun day out there today. I was only one under through nine, but I was hitting the ball really well and giving myself a lot of opportunities, so to go four under the back nine and finish birdie, birdie, 17, 18, is definitely a cool feeling, and good momentum builder for this week,” said Henderson.
She added that it was important to her to finish with a strong round in appreciation of the fan support she received all week in Vancouver.
“You know, I wanted one. I wanted to show and to give the crowd a little bit of excitement, and I think today did that, especially like I mentioned on 17 and 18,” she said.
“I knew I was capable of it, and the other couple days, I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts, but today they fell,” said Henderson, who was scheduled to leave Monday for the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp finished with a 75 to tie for 47th at one over and says the main culprit was her putter, but she heads to Alabama in a positive mindset.
“I’m happy with everything,” said Sharp.
“I just didn’t make any putts the last two days. Normally, the old me would like go and like de construct my putting stroke, but I just didn’t read the greens as well as I read them in Portland and that was the difference between last week and this week,” she added.
“I’m hitting it well and looking forward to next week. I think it’s a good golf course for me and this is about positive momentum — it’s given me momentum into next week and into Evian. Overall, I’m happy, I got to play the weekend and I haven’t done that since 2009. There’s a lot of positives,” she said.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., tied for 74th.
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