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Lydia Ko finishes strong to record top 10 finish at ANA Inspiration

Lydia Ko finishes strong to record top 10 finish at ANA Inspiration”

Mirim Lee of South Korea and her caddie Matt Glczis celebrate by jumping into Poppie's Pond after Lee defeated Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson in a playoff to win the ANA Inspiration at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club on September 13, 2020 in Rancho Mirage, California. And she did so in srtyle. But that was the last birdie she made.

Korda began to claw her way back with a birdie on the par-5 11th, a gap wedge to 3 feet for birdie on the 12th and a pitching wedge just over the bunker that rolled out to 5 feet for birdie on the 15th, regaining a share of the lead.

The only player at at Minehaha Country Club set to play next week in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, Stricker birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 18th on Saturday for a 6-under 64 to post at 9-under 131. But she birdied the 16th and was saved by the wall, a blue-covered structure behind the 18th that kept her second shot on the 18th from running through the green and into the water behind the island green. Henderson came up just short, and her eagle putt from just off the front of the green ran out an extra 7 feet on the sun-baked, fast greens of Mission Hills. That could very well have been the end for the Korean golfer, leaving her with a very respectable third place, but Lee wasn't finished yet.

Lee pitched in from long range for par on the 16th, dropped a shot on the next hole and appeared to be out of it until her chip from behind the 18th green rammed against the pin and dropped for eagle and a 5-under 67.

That's what Mirim Lee did in the final round.

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"I had to come away from that and reassess and think: how do I get my golf game better?" "Being moving day, I wanted to get a solid round out there and try to climb the leaderboard as much as possible. I am going to enjoy this win and try to keep getting into contention". That encouragement may have been exactly what she needed.

Lee hit 5-wood just over the back of the putting surface, chipped to 1.5m and made the victor. Both Korda and Henderson could only manage pars in the playoff hole while Lee putted a five-footer to clinch the title. Remarkably, Lee took the victory without ever leading the field.

"I spoke to my friends back at home before the play-off", Lee said, through an interpreter. It was Lee's first career major championship. In 2019, Lee was nowhere close to a victory at the ANA Inspiration as she missed the cut. Her first win was in August 2014, at the Meijer LPGA Classic, where she won by defeating former world No. 1 Park In-bee in a sudden-death playoff.

The ANA Inspiration was the second major tournament of this season. Boulden, 27, from Wales, went into the final round trailing Sanna Nuutinen by a shot but her eight-under-par round saw her finish on 17 under, three shots clear of Australia's Stephanie Kyriacou.



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