EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE | At the start of the final day of the Evian Championship, David Leadbetter sent the 18-year-old Lydia Ko on her way with the advice, “Go out there and make a bit of history or, rather, a bit more history.”
She could not have made a better fist of it, signing off with a glittering 63 for 16-under-par 268, which saw her winning by six from Lexi Thompson to become the youngest winner of a major since Young Tom Morris captured the 1868 Open. In the women’s game, she stole the “youngest-ever” label from Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days when she won the 2007 ANA Inspiration tournament. (Ko was 18 years, 4 months and 20 days on Sunday.)
This Evian triumph was Ko’s fourth LPGA title of 2015. It was also the ninth in a career in which she has already passed the $4 million mark in which she plans to stay put until the age of 30. At that point, she plans to embark on a second life.