Patty Tavatanakit survived Lydia Ko’s last-round charge Sunday to win the ANA Inspiration for her first LPGA Tour victory.
5 strokes ahead getting into the day and 6 in entrance after a chip-in eagle on the par-5 2nd, Tavatanakit shot a four-below 68 in 100F heat to beat Ko by two strokes within the first important championship of the twelve months.
Ko matched Lorena Ochoa’s tournament anecdote with a 62, taking pictures a seven-below 29 on the entrance 9 for one of the best 9-gap score within the tournament’s 50-twelve months history. The New Zealander started the day tied for seventh at -6, eight strokes within the abet of Tavatanakit within the tournament performed with out spectators for the 2nd time in seven months.
Winless since April 2018, the 23-twelve months-frail Ko performed the first 11 holes in 9-below and added a birdie on the par-four 15th. On the par-5 18th, she drove into tough end to the water that traces the left side, laid up and hit a wedge 30 toes prolonged and perfect. Her birdie are attempting overlooked to the left, stopping inches away.
Tavatanakit had a collection of leisurely par saves to build her two-stroke lead.
The 21-twelve months-frail Thai participant performed the wire-to-wire victory with a rapid par putt on 18. A day after matching the tournament 54-gap anecdote of 14 below jam by Pernilla Lindberg in her 2018 victory, Tavatanakit performed a stroke off Dottie Pepper’s 72-gap designate of 19 below jam in 1999.
Ranked 103rd within the realm, the old-fashioned UCLA star turned into the sixth straight international winner. She’s the first rookie to win the tournament since Juli Inkster in 1984 and the fourth straight first-time important winner. Tavatanakit won seven situations in two seasons at UCLA and had three Symetra Tour victories in 2019.
Ko has 15 LPGA Tour victories, winning at Mission Hills in 2016 for her 2nd important victory.
Nelly Korda (66), Sei Younger Kim (66) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (66) and Shanshan Feng (69) tied for third at 11 below.