ANA Inspiration: Patty Tavatanakit holds off Lydia Ko to win her first main

ANA Inspiration: Patty Tavatanakit holds off Lydia Ko to win her first main

Patty, nonetheless designated an LPGA rookie after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted her first season on tour, is the primary rookie to win the ANA Inspiration since Juli Inkster in 1984.

Los Angeles: Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit steered a gentle course to carry off charging Lydia Ko and win the ANA Inspiration on Sunday, making her first LPGA title a significant championship.

Patty, 21, began the day with a five-shot lead and fired a four-under par 68 at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

Her 18-under whole of 270 put her two strokes in entrance of New Zealand’s former world primary Ko – who stormed from eight adrift with a sensational 10-under 62 for 272.

4 gamers shared third on 277: South Korean Kim Sei-young, American Nelly Korda, Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and China’s Feng Shanshan.

“I had no thought,” Patty stated of Ko’s spectacular spherical, which matched the event document established by Mexican nice Lorena Ochoa within the first spherical in 2006.

“I simply performed my very own sport, did not take a look at the leaderboard in any respect… I simply wished to play my very own sport and I did – I did a very good job of that immediately.”

Patty, who performed collegiate golf on the College of Southern California at Los Angeles, padded her in a single day cushion with a chip-in eagle on the par-five second and picked up one other stroke on the eighth.

She was unable to benefit from the par-five eleventh, however left herself lower than two ft for a birdie on the twelfth.

She wanted a couple of par saves on the again, her eight-foot par putt on the fifteenth circling the rim of the cup earlier than dropping in. She missed the inexperienced at 17 however chipped to inside inches.

Patty stated she simply advised herself to “preserve hitting good pictures.”

“My putts had been rolling effectively, simply did not learn it effectively immediately. Total I really feel like I caught to my sport plan, I overcame the adversity on the market.”

Patty stated she did not get a lot sleep on Saturday night time, and felt nervous within the early going.

“It was powerful mentally and I really feel prefer it was quite a bit happening and I dealt with it fairly effectively.”

Patty, nonetheless designated an LPGA rookie after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted her first season on tour, is the primary rookie to win the ANA Inspiration since Juli Inkster in 1984.

She’s the fourth wire-to-wire winner, with no shared in a single day leads, and the primary since Australian Karrie Webb in 2000.

“It feels nice to be a significant champion. It nonetheless hasn’t actually sunk in but the truth that I am like — I simply turned 21 six months in the past and now I am a significant champion in my rookie 12 months. Simply loopy.”

Ko, in the meantime, had surged up the board, selecting up three pictures within the first two holes with a gap birdie and an eagle on the second. Birdies adopted on the fourth, sixth, seventh, and ninth.

“I do not suppose there wasn’t a precise second the place I felt like ‘Okay, that is going to be one,'” Ko stated. “You simply must focus till that final putt drops on that final gap.”

The tempo slowed considerably on the again 9, the place birdies on the tenth, eleventh, and fifteenth moved her inside two strokes.

Ko, who counts two majors amongst her 15 LPGA victories could not discover one other birdie within the final three holes and stays looking for her first victory for the reason that 2018 Mediheal Championship.

“I am simply completely happy that I obtained to complete sturdy on this occasion and be in competition and be good up there,” Ko stated. “It provides me plenty of confidence to say, ‘Hey, we’re trending in the precise path.'”

However, she added, “It is extra essential simply specializing in the current and never get carried away about what is going on to occur sooner or later and what occurred previously.”


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