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Golf: Kiwi teen Lydia Ko grabs first professional title in Taiwan event

Published on Dec 8, 2013 10:30 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - New Zealand's teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko shot a three-under 69 for a total of 205 in Taiwan's Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament on Sunday, capturing her first title since turning professional in October.

The 16-year-old, who was just one shot behind world No.5 Ryu So Yeon after two rounds, ended three strokes ahead of the South Korean, who struggled with her putting on the back nine to end on 73.

"I certainly didn't expect to win in my second professional tournament. It's great to win here and it's a great tournament," said Ko.

"I wasn't really sure I would win until the tap-in on the 18th hole," she said, speaking of her tense race with Ryu to the finish.

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