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Last-hole birdie gives teen Lydia Ko fourth LPGA title

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:40 AM
Lydia Ko of New Zealand holds the trophy after winning the the 2014 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYLVANIA, United States (AFP) - New Zealand teen Lydia Ko birdied the 18th hole on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Ryu So-Yeon to win the US$1.4 million (S$1.7 million) Marathon Classic and capture her fourth career LPGA title.

South Korean-born Ko fired a six-under par 65 in the final round to finish 72 holes on 15-under 269 and become the youngest LPGA player to reach US$1 million in prize money at only age 17.

"I hit the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities," Ko said. "You have good chances when you get the ball on the green."

South Korea's Ryu, seeking her second title at the event in three years, sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-5 17th to match Ko for the lead.

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