LPGA 2021 - ANA Inspiration - 50th Anniversary - Final Round
Patty Tavatanakit Wins; Lydia Ko Amazes
From LPGA News:
Of all the impressive accomplishments Patty Tavatanakit achieved with her two-shot victory in the season’s first major – coming within a shot of Dottie Pepper’s all-time scoring record, sleeping on a lead every night, leading the field in driving distance by an eye-popping margin, and holding off one of the most impressive final-round charges in major championship history, a 62 by Lydia Ko – Patty making this championship her maiden win as a rookie might be the best... Read more here
From Golf Channel:
With a chip-in eagle on the par-5 second, two birdies and a lot of par saves, the long-hitting Thai player survived Ko’s charge without realizing how close it was until she finished and was preparing for the traditional victory leap into Poppie’s Pond...
...Five strokes ahead entering the day and six in front after the eagle, Tavatanakit shot a 4-under 68 in 100-degree heat to beat Ko by two strokes in the first major championship of the year. Read more here
Ko had recorded seven birdies and an eagle on the first 11 holes in an astonishing final round before falling agonizingly short. She also set a new course record by hitting 29 after the first nine holes.
The 23-year-old, who became world No. 1 when she was just 17, has been winless since April 2018 but will look to take confidence from her performance in California. Read more here
Ko matched Lorena Ochoa’s 2006 tournament record with a 62, shooting 7-under 29 on the front nine for the best nine-hole score in event’s 50-year history. The New Zealander began the day tied for seventh at 6 under, eight strokes behind Tavatanakit in the tournament played without spectators for the second time in seven months. Read more here