|-28 KB (NZ); -21 Kim (Kor), Park (Kor), Maguire (Ire), Korda (United States);|
|Selection of others: -17 Hall (English); -8 Prairie (NI)|
Former world number one Lydia Ko won her first LPGA Tour title in three years with a seven-stroke victory at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
The 23-year-old New Zealander carded a seven under par 65 to finish 28 under.
It was the two-time major winner’s 16th LPGA title and his first since the 2018 Mediheal Championship – 1,084 days ago.
South Koreans Inbee Park and Kim Sei-young, Irishman Leona Maguire and American Nelly Korda were tied for second place on 21 under.
England Georgia Hall finished with 17 under in 12th place, while Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow had eight under at Kapolei Golf Club.
Ko said she doubted herself but was inspired by the recent victories of Jordan Spieth, who won his first title in four years and Hideki Matsuyama in Masters.
“With my hand on my heart, there were times when I wondered, ‘Hey, I don’t know if I’ll ever be back in the winner’s circle someday,’” said Ko, who was second. at the recent ANA Inspiration.
“To be back in this kind of position is obviously super cool. You know, with Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama winning the last two weeks – and I know it’s been a while since they won too – it gave me a bit of luck. little hope that I could possibly follow this trend. “
Maguire, in her second year on the LGPA Tour, carded four birdies and an eagle three on the 17th as she headed for a final lap 67 that saw her finish in a tie four for the second.
“I think it’s my best on the LPGA so far,” said the County Cavan native.
“So my first trip to Hawaii was very productive, I would say.”