Golf: Lydia Ko is youngest winner of a women's Major at age 18

Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits a shot during the Evian Championship, in the French Alps town of Evian-les-Bains on Sept 12, 2015.
Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits a shot during the Evian Championship, in the French Alps town of Evian-les-Bains on Sept 12, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

EVIAN, France (AFP) - New Zealand's Lydia Ko wrote another chapter of golfing history on Sunday, when she became the youngest winner of a women's Major with a stunning final-round 63 at the Evian Championship.

The flawless eight-birdie round was the low score of the week and she finished on 268, 16 under par and six ahead of American Lexi Thompson (70).

China's Feng Shanshan also shot 70 and was third on eight under. Ko is 18 years 142 days - 171 days younger than Morgan Pressel when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Back in February, aged 17, Ko became the youngest player to claim the world No. 1 ranking, although the Evian victory still leaves her at No. 2 behind South Korea's Park In Bee, who has seven Major titles.