13th September 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Major Records for Pace and Ko
World number two Lydia Ko rewrote womenâ€™s golf history with a runaway victory in the Evian Championship and South Africaâ€™s Lee-Anne Pace celebrated her best ever finish in a Major championship with a tie for sixth in Evian-Les-Bains, France on Sunday.
Among a swag of records she already held, Ko had been the youngest winner of a professional tournament, the youngest Ladies European Tour winner, youngest LPGA Tour champion and youngest world number one (male or female).
With her victory at the Evian Resort Golf Club, Ko became the youngest women’s golf major champion in just her 17th Major appearance.
And, as she has done on the last day in the majority of her 12 professional victories, the 18-year-old New Zealand protÃ©gÃ©e rushed past the opposition with a flawless eight-under-par 63 in the final round to triumph by six strokes.
At 18 years four months and 20 days, Ko eclipsed Morgan Pressel’s mark of 18 years 10 months and nine days in the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
â€œNow at least everyone won’t be asking me when I’ll win my first major,â€ a delighted Ko said after signing off with a winning total of 16-under-par 268.
American Lexi Thompson finished at 10 under, two strokes clear of Chinaâ€™s Shanshan Feng, after both players returned 70s.
Meanwhile South Africaâ€™s Pace had her own reasons to celebrate on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The multiple international champion fired a third round six under 65 to join the top 10 and closed with a 70 to join American Alison Lee in joint sixth at six under par 278.
Paceâ€™s previous best in the Evian was a tie for 16th in 2012 before the event gained Major status.
Pace and Lee finished a stroke ahead of world number one Inbee Park, who returned a 68 to tie for eighth with fellow South Koreans Eun-Hee Ji and Amy Jang
FINAL RESULT (TOP 20)
268 Lydia Ko NZL 69-69-67-63
274 Lexi Thompson USA 66-72-66-70
276 Shanshan Feng CHI 68-68-70-70
277 Il Hee Lee KOR 71-67-69-70; Mi Hyang LeeÂ Â KOR 66-67-70-74
278 Lee-Anne Pace RSA 71-72-65-70; Alison Lee USA 70-70-72-66
279 Inbee Park KOR 72-69-70-68; Eun-Hee Ji KOR 67-73-67-72; Amy Yang KOR 72-66-68-73
LEE-ANNE PACE â€“ TOP MAJOR RESULTS
T6 – 2015 Evian Championship
T21 – 2015 Ricoh British Womenâ€™s Open
T43 â€“ 2014 US Womenâ€™s Open
T62 – 2015 KPMG Womenâ€™s PGA Championship
T69 – 2015 ANA Inspiration
PHOTO â€“ Lydia Ko from New Zealand became the youngest champion of a Major when she lifted the Evian Championship title by six strokes; credit Philippe Millereau / KMSP / DPPI.