Australia's Wright wins New Zealand Women's Open

Lindsey Wright of Australia stands on the 17th green during the third round of the Michelob Ultra Open.

Lindsey Wright of Australia stands on the 17th green during the third round of the Michelob Ultra Open.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Australia's Lindsey Wright made a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the New Zealand Women's Open.

Wright finished at 10-under 206 at Pegasus Golf Club in the event sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf.

"It's unbelievable," Wright said. "It's still sinking in. I putted really well all day, and the last six holes I was really nervous."

The 32-year-old former Pepperdine player is a regular on the LPGA Tour.

American Alison Walshe and Australian Jessica Speechley tied for second. Walshe closed with a 69, and Speechley had a 65.

"I looked at the leaderboard and saw Alison Walshe up there and Speechley at 9 under and thought, 'No, I can make this putt. Just keep your head down; just hit a great putt,' " Wright said.

Canada's Lorie Kane and Australia's Stephanie Na shot 69 to tie for fourth at 8 under.

Fourteen-year-old Lydia Ko, part of a six-way tie for the second-round lead, shot a 74 to tie for 17th at 4 under. The South Korean-born New Zealander, the world's top-ranked amateur, became the youngest winner of a professional-tour event last month in the Women's New South Wales Open.

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