Naples, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Lydia Ko parred the fourth playoff hole on
Sunday to defeat Carlota Ciganda and win the CME Group Tour Championship.
Ko fired a final-round, 4-under 68 at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton
Golf Resort to finish regulation tied with Ciganda and Julieta Granada at 10-
under-par 278. Granada was eliminated on the second playoff hole when she
tripped to a bogey.
It was another win in an already incredible rookie season for Ko. The victory
is the fifth of Ko’s career and third of the season. With the win, Ko also
captured the season-long Race to the CME Globe title and the $1 million prize.
Ciganda, who shared the second-round lead with Granada, carded a 2-under 70
Sunday. Granada, who had at least a share of the lead after each of the first
three rounds, shot a 1-under 71 to end regulation tied with Ko and Ciganda.
Morgan Pressel was the next closest to the trio as she finished at 8-under 280
after a 72 Sunday. U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie (70) and Sandra Gal
(72) ended tied for fifth.
World No. 2 Stacy Lewis (71) finished tied for ninth at 4-under 284. Lewis
came in second in the Race to the CME Globe. She also captured the Player of
the Year, the Vare trophy and the season money title.
MORE TO FOLLOW.