Tavatanakit survives Ko and takes the ANA Inspiration

The Thai player completed the last day with 68 strokes to take her first major despite the great day of the New Zealander. Azahara Muñoz, 28th.

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The Thai Patty Tavatanakit won her first LPGA Tour title this Sunday by winning the ANA Inspiration tournament with a cumulative 270 strokes (-18), two less than New Zealand's Lydia Ko (227, -16), who was also involved all the day for the victory after making an exceptional route of 62 impacts (-10) .

Tavatanakit was unaware of the great game that Ko was playing ahead and tried to focus on his game to complete the round with 68 strokes (-4) at the end, which allowed him to secure victory after maintaining great consistency in all his shots lengths such as putts from the green.

With a chip-in eagle on par 5 of the second hole, two birdies and many par stops, the Thai long shot player survived Ko's charge without realizing how close she was until it finished and was preparing to the traditional victory jump at Poppie's Pond.

Five strokes ahead at the start of the day and six ahead after the eagle, Tavatanakit headed to his first major triumph when he was just 21 years old and won a cash prize of $ 465,000.

Ko equaled Mexico's Lorena Ochoa's 2006 tournament record with 62 (-10), shooting 7 under 29 in the first nine holes for the best nine-hole score in the event's 50-year history.The New Zealand player started the day tied for seventh at 6 under par, eight strokes behind Tavatanakit in the tournament played without spectators for the second time in seven months.

Without wins since April 2018, 23-year-old Ko played the first 11 holes at 9 under par and added a birdie on par 4 at 15.

On par 5 of 18, he got into rough near the water that runs along the left side, stood up, and hit a 30-foot-long right wedge. His birdie attempt missed to the left, stopping inches away.

Tavatanakit, stopped the last six holes in the round without bogey.

One day after equaling the 54-hole tournament record at 14 under par set by Pernilla Lindberg in her 2018 win, the young Thai golfer fell within one stroke of Dottie Pepper's 72-hole mark of 19 in 1999.

Placed 103rd in the world, Tavatanakit became the tournament's sixth consecutive international player, the first rookie champion since Juli Inkster in 1984, and the fourth consecutive winner for the first time in a major.

Ko has 15 wins on the LPGA Tour, winning at Mission Hills in 2016 for his second major win and on Sunday he scooped $ 287,716.

American Nelly Korda (66, -6), South Korea's Sei Young Kim (66, -6), Norway's Nanna Koerstz Madsen (66, -6) and Shanshan Feng (69, -3)) tied for third place with a cumulative 277 (-11) and $ 151,615 prize money.

Mexican Gaby López finished in 25th place with a cumulative 283 hits (-5) and was the best Latin American player, who also had Puerto Rican María Fernanda Torres in 47th position with 287 hits (-1) .

López received a prize of $ 28,984, while Torres won $ 11,971.

The Spanish Azahara Muñoz completed the fourth round with a record of 70 strokes (-2) to accumulate 284 (-4), occupying the 28th position, which she shared with seven other players and won a prize of 23,352 dollars.

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