Lydia Ko becomes youngest major winner

New Zealand's Ko lands first major at 18 in Evian Championship

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015

Lydia Ko became the youngest major winner after capturing the Evian Championship in France for her maiden major title

The Kiwi was 18 years, four months and 20 days old, beating Morgan Pressel who was 18 years, 10 months and nine days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007.

Ko sank eight birdies in her final round of 63 to finish on 16 under, six strokes ahead of runner-up Lexi Thompson. 

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"It has been such an unbelievable experience," Ko said. "Now everybody won't ask me when I will win my first major because it is done. It is definitely one of the top rounds of my whole life."

Ko entered golf's record books when she became the LPGA Tour's youngest winner at 15, and she was also the sport's youngest world number one when she topped the rankings aged 17.

The Evian Championship is the last major of the women's season, and marked Ko's final chance of beating Pressel's record, with the next major coming in April at the ANA Inspiration. 

England's Charley Hull slumped to a six-over-par final round to finish tied for 38th. 

 

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