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Lydia Ko wins LPGA’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

COQUITLAM, British Columbia – Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open for the third time and first as a professional Sunday, beating Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

The 18-year-old Ko finished with an even-par 72 to match Lewis at 12-under 276 at Vancouver Golf Club. Lewis, also a playoff loser this year in the ANA Inspiration, had a 67.

Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title in 2013, also as an amateur, in Edmonton, Alberta. She has three victories this year to push her career total to eight.

Ko won with a 2 1/2-foot putt after Lewis missed her 9-foot par attempt

So Yeon Ryu, the winner last year at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at 11 under. Ryu had a 64, and Kim shot 68.

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory last week in the Portland Classic, closed with a 67 to tie for 23rd at 4 under.

“I wanted to show and give the crowd a little bit of excitement,” Henderson said. “I think today I did that. I knew I was capable of it. The other couple of days I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts. Today they fell.”

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