New Zealand native Lydia Ko needed four extra holes to defeat Mirim Lee and Ariya Jutanugarn to pick up her fourth win of the season at the 2016 Marathon Classic.
World No. 1 Ko shot a final-round 2-under par 69 to pick up her 14 LPGA Tour victory.
The trio finished regulation tied at 14-under par for the week. The 2014 champion Ko got to 14-under and into a three-way playoff by bogeying the par 4, 16th hole and finishing regulation with two pars.
It took playoff holes, which is the longest playoff in the history of this tournament, but Ko stepped into the winner’s circle for the second time in three years.
“Yeah, you know, first of all, it's always good to come back to a place where you've well played,” said Ko. “The fans have been super supportive every year I come here, and Judd and the sponsors were nice enough to give me a sponsor's invite when I was an amateur. Just a lot of great memories here. To be able to win this tournament again in two years is I think going to make it a little bit more special.”
“It's been a fun week. I guess we had to play four extra holes for somebody to be holding the trophy, but Mirim and Ariya all had a great week, so it was hard to say someone deserved the trophy more than the others.”
Lydia Ko’s fellow Calloway ambassador Henrik Stenson captured his first career major championship early on Sunday in the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Ko said the two became friends after meeting one another at an outing last year and they trade congratulations messages to each other when the other one wins.
“I actually met him at an outing last year, and he was so open, super nice, and actually one of the funniest guys I've ever met,” Ko said.
“I knew either way today was going to be a great day for Team Callaway. I know Phil had an amazing week, and I can't believe he shot 6-under or something and ended up losing. I saw the coverage earlier on, and Henrik Stenson, his ball-striking was just amazing.”
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