Lydia Ko, the No. 2 player in the world, beat No. 3 Stacy Lewis by parring the first hole of a playoff to win the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Sunday. Ko won this event for the third time in her career; it was in this event in 2012 that she won her first LPGA Tour title as a 15-year-old. Ko and Lewis finished
72 holes at 12-under-par
276 at Vancouver Golf Club. It was Ko’s seventh victory as a professional, her third on the LPGA this year.
Who didn’t win
Lewis continued her long winless drought. She hasn’t won in 14 months, her last victory coming at the 2014 NW Arkansas Championship. This is Lewis’ fourth runner-up finish of 2015 and she is now a career 0-3 in playoffs. So Yeon Ryu shot 8-under 64 in the final round to get to 11-under 277 and tie for third with Sei Young Kim, who shot 68 on Sunday. Alison Lee and Candie Kung finished a shot further back.
How it happened
Lewis started Sunday’s final round five shots behind Ko and co-leader Kung. Lewis posted a 5-under 67 that included just 25 putts and caught Ko late. After a bogey on the 15th, Lewis had a tap-in birdie at the 16th and another birdie at the 17th to pull even with Ko. Feeling that she needed another birdie at No. 18 to win, Lewis ran her first putt 8 feet past and made it coming back. Ko, on the other hand, managed only an even-par 72 in the final round, relying on her short game to make nine pars in row on the back nine.