Lydia Ko wins first tournament since 2016

Lydia Ko wins first tournament since 2016

Lee missed the green with her second shot, pitched 3m past the hole - no doubt feeling she needed a chip-in to tie - then made the birdie putt to keep the pressure on.

Ko hit a 3-wood to three feet to set up an eagle that saw off the challenge of Minjee Lee on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off for the Mediheal Championship.

"It's a huge relief because people were saying you're not winning because of this or that and my family, friends and sponsors were just really supportive of me", she said. "I think that even though it's a shorter shot, I've always classed that as one of the best shots I've ever played, but I think I was able to do the best here". I didn't really know how close it was going to be. Such chaos seemed odd for someone with 14 LPGA wins before her 20th birthday.

But it was all to no avail as the dual major champion kept the tears at bay long enough to finish the job in style for her fifth career playoff win in six LPGA Tour attempts.

Ko entered Sunday as the clubhouse leader at 11 under before enduring some struggles.

That's when she took out a 3-wood and smashed it.

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Speaking after the win, Ko said: "It's insane because I was three over for the day at one stage today".

"I hit some really good 3-woods today and I said, "Hey, you've got to maybe try and copy the one on the other par-5". "It was emotional. The entire workforce is a part of it they usually put in as a lot work as I've".

Without a blemish on the card, Bjork finished at 18-under, one shot better than Spain's Adrian Otaegui, Jordan Smith and Matt Wallace and Jorge Campillo tying for third place, but it was the 2016 Challenge Tour graduate who finished triumphant, after finishing 43 on the Race to Dubai last season, he is now sitting at ninth of this year's ranking. Americans Jessica Korda (74) and Angel Yin (67) and England's Charley Hull (70) rounded out the group.

Korean veteran Inbee Park has regained the world No 1 position.

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