Lydia Ko’s career resurgence continued today at the Gainbridge LPGA. With a closing 69 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida, the 24-year-old New Zealander held off Danielle Kang by a shot, winning the second event of the 2022 LPGA season with a 14-under 274 total.
The victory was Ko’s 17th of her career, and her second in nine months after going nearly three years without a title. Since winning again last April at the Lotte Championship, she’s played 17 events and posted nine top-10 finishes.
Ko took a two-shot lead into the final round only to see the advantage disappear in the first three holes thanks to a bogey on the second hole and a Kang birdie on the third. That was the last blemish on Ko’s scorecard, however, as she made three back-nine birdies to pull away despite finishing the day hitting just seven of 14 fairways.
With her victory, Ko claimed a prizemoney payout of $US300,000 from the overall purse of $2 million. That gives Ko $12,668,796 for her career, allowing her to pass Se Ri Pak for ninth on the all-time LPGA moneylist.