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Ko wins Evian Championship, becomes youngest major champ of all time

Ko wins to become youngest major champ of all time

Ko wins to become youngest major champ of all time

Final round — LPGA Tour — The Evian Championship — Evian Masters Golf Club —  Evian-les-Bains, France —

Lydia Ko became the youngest major champion in history winning the Evian Championship in France.

After starting out in the duel with 20-year-old American Lexi Thompson, Ko turned up the heat and fired a 8-under-63 at Evian Masters Golf Club to run away with the title by six shots. For Ko — World No. 2 in the Rolex Ranking — it marked her 13th worldwide professional victory and fourth this season on the LPGA Tour.

At 18 years four months and 20 days old, Ko is now the youngest to win a major in history. She did it as an 8-to-1 betting pick at Sky Bet heading into the week. And, she did it in comeback fashion as Lexi led by three strokes in the final round at one point. 

For Lexi, she finished solo second and heads to the Solheim Cup next week in Germany as part of the U.S. team. Shanshan Feng was third at 8-under. Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park rallied to finish 8th.

Ko made her statement as a pro late last season winning the CME Group Tour Championship in a three-player playoff and capturing the Race to the CME Globe.

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