Lydia Ko ends title drought with incredible eagle

Lydia Ko follows her approach shot to the fifth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA

Lydia Ko follows her approach shot to the fifth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the final round of the LPGA

It was a 21 birthday to celebrate, as Lydia Ko carried on the positive vibes of that milestone to secure her first victory on the LPGA Tour since 2016 at the Mediheal Championship in California.

Charley Hull finished three strokes back on eight under, with a two-under 70 seeing her share third spot alongside Shanshan Feng, Angel Yin and Jessica Korda.

The two players returned to the par-five 18th and Lee missed the green in two, as Ko nearly holed her second shot to leave a two-foot putt for a first victory since July 2016.

Her emotion was hard to hide after what has been a challenging period in her already wonderful career.

"When that putt dropped, I was like oh, my God", Ko said.

"It's insane, because I was 3-over for the day at one stage today and I said 'Hey, you just got to focus and you never know what's going to happen, ' " Ko said, according to LPGA.com.

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Standing in the middle of the fairway from 234 yards, Ko hit a flawless 3 wood which ran up and just missed the hole. "I think that even though it's a shorter shot, I've always classed that as one of the best shots I've ever played, but I think I was able to do the best here".

This was the first event that she had held the 54-hole lead since her last victory at the Marathon Classic in 2016 and she made the most of it to captivate the world of golf again. It stopped to 2 1/2 feet and she confidently tapped in for an emotional win.

"I knew that my game was there, but I just kind of need to put the pieces together and I felt like I was able to do that this week".

Lydia Ko's return to winning form has been rewarded with an immediate and significant rise in the women's golf rankings.

"My whole team and my family, they've worked really hard for this moment", Ko said. "I actually thought my chip might go in the first time I played the 18th hole, but a lot of emotions".

Chasing a fourth LPGA title, Lee was clearly comfortable on the Lake Merced course where she won the 2012 US Girls' Junior title.

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