Pace celebrates best finish in a major

13 September 2015 – World number two Lydia Ko rewrote women’s golf history with a runaway victory in the Evian Championship and South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace celebrated her best ever finish in a Major championship with a tie for sixth in Evian-Les-Bains, France on Sunday.

Lydia Ko of New Zeland poses with the Evian Championship trophy during the final round of LPGA Evian Championship 2015, day 7, at Evian Resort Golf Club, in Evian-Les-Bains, France, on September 13, 2015. Photo Philippe Millereau / KMSP / DPPI
Lydia Ko of New Zeland poses with the Evian Championship trophy during the final round of LPGA Evian Championship 2015, day 7, at Evian Resort Golf Club, in Evian-Les-Bains, France, on September 13, 2015. Photo Philippe Millereau / KMSP / DPPI

Among a swag of records she already held, Ko had been the youngest winner of a professional tournament, the youngest Ladies European Tour winner, youngest LPGA Tour champion and youngest world number one (male or female).

With her victory at the Evian Resort Golf Club, Ko became the youngest women’s golf major champion in just her 17th Major appearance.

And, as she has done on the last day in the majority of her 12 professional victories, the 18-year-old New Zealand protégée rushed past the opposition with a flawless eight-under-par 63 in the final round to triumph by six strokes.

At 18 years four months and 20 days, Ko eclipsed Morgan Pressel’s mark of 18 years 10 months and nine days in the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“Now at least everyone won’t be asking me when I’ll win my first major,” a delighted Ko said after signing off with a winning total of 16-under-par 268.

American Lexi Thompson finished at 10 under, two strokes clear of China’s Shanshan Feng, after both players returned 70s.

Meanwhile South Africa’s Pace had her own reasons to celebrate on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The multiple international champion fired a third round six under 65 to join the top 10 and closed with a 70 to join American Alison Lee in joint sixth at six under par 278.

Pace’s previous best in the Evian was a tie for 16th in 2012 before the event gained Major status.

Pace and Lee finished a stroke ahead of world number one Inbee Park, who returned a 68 to tie for eighth with fellow South Koreans Eun-Hee Ji and Amy Jang.

FINAL RESULT (TOP 20)

268 Lydia Ko NZL 69-69-67-63

274 Lexi Thompson USA 66-72-66-70

276 Shanshan Feng CHI 68-68-70-70

277 Il Hee Lee KOR 71-67-69-70; Mi Hyang Lee   KOR 66-67-70-74

278 Lee-Anne Pace RSA 71-72-65-70; Alison Lee USA 70-70-72-66

279 Inbee Park KOR 72-69-70-68; Eun-Hee Ji KOR 67-73-67-72; Amy Yang KOR 72-66-68-73

LEE-ANNE PACE – TOP MAJOR RESULTS

T6 – 2015 Evian Championship

T21 – Ricoh British Women’s Open

T43 – 2014 US Women’s Open

T62 – 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

T69 – 2015 ANA Inspiration

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Sunshine Ladies Tour and WPGA.

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