Ko wins in Taiwan

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday by nine strokes to regain number one spot in the world rankings.

On the par fifth, the 18-year-old holed a 30-yard pitch to finish at with a seven-under-par 65 at Miramar.

The win means that she now replaces South Korea's Inbee Park as the women’s top-ranked player with her fifth LPGA tour win this year.

Ko, who went into the last day four strokes ahead, she finished on 20-under par, ahead South Korean duo So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji tied in second spot.

The New Zealander had birdies on four of the opening six holes but dropped a shot on the seventh. The eagle on the 12th put her seven shots ahead and she added birdies on the 14th and 18th holes. 

In second place, Ryu and Ji finished 11-under par with Charley Hull in fourth at 10-under par.

In fifth place was Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who shot a final round 68 to finish on 269.

The second lowest round of the day went to Paula Creamer with a five-under-par 67 to finish tied for sixth with China’s Xi Yu Lin on 281.

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