Lydia Ko epic shot honored with plaque on 18th fairway at Lake Merced

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Lydia Ko epic shot honored with plaque on 18th fairway at Lake Merced

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Lydia Ko epic shot honored with plaque on 18th fairway at Lake Merced

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DALY CITY, Calif. – The early part of Lydia Ko’s career was chock-full of history-making moments. She was a record-breaking machine who, for a time, looked unstoppable.

On a chilly Tuesday morning at Lake Merced, the 22-year-old Kiwi unveiled a plaque on the 18th fairway. It’s the spot where Ko hit the most spectacular 3-wood of her career in a playoff, launching it over a tree from 231 yards and nearly holing it for double eagle. Ko ended a 22-month victory drought that day, winning an LPGA title at Lake Merced for a third time.

Lydia Ko points to the plaque laid Tuesday that marks the spot of the epic shot that set up her eagle that won the LPGA Mediheal Championship in 2018. (José María Sáiz Vasconcelos/LPGA)

“This is where I’ll be buried,” Ko joked after the ceremony. “By my greatest shot.”

Ko calls it the best shot she’s ever hit under pressure. Her best three shots in competition (in no particular order):

  • 3-wood at Lake Merced
  • Ace at the Olympics in Rio
  • Putt on the 72nd hole to win the Evian.

Ko said a playoff at Lake Merced was the only situation in which she’d go for the green in two on the closing par 5. Given the fact that Minjee Lee is longer, Ko figured she had no choice but to try to make some magic happen. Even Lee had to appreciate Ko’s effort, telling herself in the moment to at least birdie the hole for her own pride.

“It was probably the perfect time to hit it,” said Lee of Ko’s approach. “It was pretty special.”

After Ko won her first LPGA title as a professional in 2014 at Lake Merced, she had the date tattooed on her right wrist. Ko thought it was cool to have her own locker at Lake Merced after the club made her a member. Now that she has a plaque, she’s thinking about what might come next in Daly City.

“Maybe the next one I should buy a house,” she said.

 

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