Lydia Ko, 15, becomes youngest LPGA Tour winner with victory in Canadian Women's Open

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Lydia Ko, 15, became the youngest player to win an LPGA event with her victory in the Canadian Women's Open. She's also the first amateur winner since 1969.  DARRYL DYCK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Lydia Ko, 15, became the youngest player to win an LPGA event with her victory in the Canadian Women's Open. She's also the first amateur winner since 1969.

COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion.

The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory.

She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.

In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event, a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a Canadian Women’s Tour event in Quebec. Ko also won the U.S. Women’s Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland.

“To break another record, or being in the history, it’s amazing, and it’s always awesome to be able to play with the pros,” Ko said.

Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club, pulling away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Snoqualmie, Wash., Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic for his third Champions Tour title, beating Mark O’Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Playing the par-5 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, Blake tapped in for birdie after O’Meara’s 15-foot birdie attempt missed on the low side of the hole.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Gleneagles, Scotland, Paul Lawrie marked the official confirmation of his return to the European Ryder Cup team after 13 years with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Lawrie shot 68 to finish with 16-under 272 at Gleneagles.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., Darron Stiles won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday for his fifth career Web.com Tour title, closing with 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.

The 39-year-old Stiles finished at 18-under 266 at Fox Den Country Club.

Kevin Kisner shot 64 and tied 14th at 272. Matt Hendrix had 72 and tied for 59th at 279.


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