Kang moves up to second in the world after Lydia Ko's disastrous finish at the Marathon Classic
Danielle Kang Wins Back-To-Back After Lydia Ko Collapse
Lydia Ko squandered the chance to win her first LPGA Tour title in two-and-a-half years after a back nine collapse at the Marathon Classic.
The New Zealander handed Danielle Kang her second-consecutive title after playing her last five holes in four over.
Ko, who led by four shots after 54 holes, bogeyed the 14th and 16th before a double-bogey at the par-5 18th, where a par would have secured victory.
The former World No.1 was greenside in two on the finishing hole but a short game disaster saw her needing a 10 footer for a playoff, which she missed.
“Not the way I envisioned to finish, but nice to be back in contention and see the game heading in the right direction,” Ko wrote on social media.
“Will take it one step at a time and keeping working at it! Thank you all for your support.”
Danielle Kang, to her credit, applied the pressure after birdies at 13 and 14 and posted a 68 (-3) to win her second-consecutive tournament since the restart.
The 27-year-old, winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, moves up to 2nd in the world rankings.
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished in T2nd after her fifth place at last week’s restart.
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