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Lee Edges Ko In New Zealand

Despite battling a stomach bug that sent her to the hospital before Saturday’s second round, Lydia Ko nearly repeated as champion of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. It took a career round by Mi Hyang Lee to keep the 16-year-old phenom from successfully defending the title in her home land. Lee, a 20-year-old South Korean
who plays on the LPGA Tour, made seven birdies and an eagle in a 9-under-par 63 at Clearwater Golf Club outside Christchurch on Sunday. With a 9-under 207 total, Lee edged Ko by a stroke in a tournament co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour. Lee finished 92nd on the 2013 LPGA money list, with her best finish a tie for 19th at the Evian Championship. Ranked No. 256 in world entering the tournament, she said she did not believe that she had a chance to win when she began the final round. Instead, she broke the course record of compatriot Seon Woo Bae, who shot 64 in the second round of the championship last year. “It’s my best score in my life and I made the course record too so I am so happy now,” Lee said.


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