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Ko Edges Lewis In Stirring San Francisco Duel

Who Won:
The final round of the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic shaped up as a battle between Texan Stacy Lewis and Kiwi teen Lydia Ko, the world’s third- and fourth-ranked players, who were paired all four days at Lake Merced Golf Club. They didn’t disappoint, as Ko holed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge Lewis by a stroke. Ko – who celebrated her 17th birthday last Thursday – overtook Lewis on the final nine, closing with a 69 to finish 72 holes at 12-under-par 276.

Who Didn’t Win:
Hurt by two bogeys early on the back nine, Lewis (closing 71) birdied three of the last five holes but couldn’t catch Ko. Jenny Shin, a 21-year-old South Korean who came of age in Southern California, joined the fray late but missed an 8-foot birdie putt on 18 to potentially tie for the lead; she finished third at 10 under. Dewi Claire Schreefel finished T30, but a hole-in-one at the 12th on Sunday earned her $100,000.


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