Brooke Henderson beats World No. 1 Lydia Ko at PGA Playoff

Ria Das
Jun 13, 2016 10:02 IST
Brooke Henderson , golfer

It turned out to be a disappointing day for World number one Lydia Ko at the PGA Playoff on Sunday. Ko, the youngest player to be ranked number one last year at 17, was eyeing her third straight major championship title. And the Kiwi was on course, leading with a one-under 70 for a one-shot after the third round of the Women's PGA Championship on Saturday. Unfortunately the tables turned on Sunday; world number four Brooke Henderson beat her on the first hole of a playoff in the Championship after overcoming a three-shot deficit on the back nine.


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Ko, 19 now, had her winning hopes high at the final hole, but Canadian Henderson hit a bogey-free six-under-par 65 — recording her best round of the week at Sahalee Country Club to match Ko at six-under 278. With the result Ko, who was leading by a stroke entering the final round, finished with a 67, while  Henderson became the second-youngest winner of a women’s major championship.

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The New Zealand player has several trophies like the 2015 Evian Championship and 2016 ANA Inspiration in her name. Though the victory on Sunday match would have made her the first to win three consecutive majors since Park In-Bee in 2013.

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