Lydia Ko began the day two off the pace of Mi Hyang Lee, but shot a sizzling 8-under 63 to win the Evian Championship by six strokes. The victory was her first major championship, and she became the youngest major winner in LPGA history in the process. Here's what went down in the Evian finale:
What it means: The accolades for Ko keep coming. At 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old, Ko became the youngest major winner in LPGA history. Ko bested Pressel's previous mark - Pressel was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old in 2007 - when she won the Kraft Nabisco (now ANA Inspiration). The Evian Championship is Ko's 13th professional title worldwide and her fourth LPGA win this season. Ko was already the most accomplished teen prodigy in women’s golf, and this just adds to the lore. At 14, Ko became the youngest player at the time to win a professional event, taking the NSW Open in Australia on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. At 15, she became the youngest winner of an LPGA event, taking the Canadian Women’s Open. At 16, she won the Canadian Women’s Open again. At 17, she became the youngest man or woman to rise to world No. 1 in professional golf. Seems only fitting she now secured a major younger than anyone before her.
Round of the day: Ko, of Ko-urse. Ko played with Lee and Thompson in the final group on Sunday of a major, and still managed a bogey-free 63. The 63 is also the lowest final round in the LPGA this season (five others have shot 65s). None of those 65s, however, came in a major.
Best of the rest: Allison Lee vaulted 15 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for sixth with her bogey-free 5-under 66.
Biggest disappointment: Thompson got off to a hot start with birdies on four of her first seven holes and was out front of Ko by three shots. But she carded a bogey at the par-3 eighth and a costly double bogey at the par-3 14th to fall down the leaderboard, all while Ko was in control and continuing to make birdies.
Quote of the day: "Everyone won't be asking me when I'll win my first major because it's done." - Ko, on clearing the major hurdle.
Tweet of the day: Brought to us by Golfweek senior writer Beth Ann Nichols: