Lydia Ko rockets back up world rankings after drought-ending victory

Ex-No. 1 Ko nears 1st title since 2016

Minjee Lee tied for LPGA Tour lead

Former world number one Lydia Ko secured her first victory in two years in California by winning the Mediheal Championship, according to a report on BBC Sport.

At the end of a week in which Lydia Ko was written off by some extremely knowledgeable judges, she bounced back with an incredible shot to win her first title in two years.

It was Ko's agressive play that paid off, hitting her 3-wood approach shot to just under three feet on the first playoff hole to pile the pressure on Lee, who was around 20 yards further forward with her tee shot.

Her emotion was hard to hide after what has been a challenging period in her already unbelievable career.

Lee's second shot came up short before she eventually made a birdie four, but it was not enough as Ko slotted her eagle putt from close range to take tournament honours. I just said "hey you've just got to focus cause you never know what's going to happen".

She was feeling confident when she lined up her 3-wood shot on the first playoff hole.

"It's disappointing that I couldn't do better on the back nine".

New Zealand's Ko, has slipped to 18th in the world as she searched for her first LPGA victory since the Marathon Classic in July of 2016.

On the week of her 21st birthday, this couldnt have gone more to script as she looks to celebrate with family and friends by her side. It left her with a three-foot putt for an eagle, which she sunk for a memorable win.

After holding the 54-hole lead, Ko needed to birdie the final hole to match Minjee Lee at the top of the leaderboard on 12-under-par. "Every part that would have occurred went the precise method for me".

The victory, which is projected to help Ko rise from 31st to ninth in the Tour's season-long points race, is her third at the Lake Merced Golf Club.

"I knew that my game was there, but I just kind of need to put the pieces together and I felt like I was able to do that this week".

Sweden's Alexander Bjork produced a spectacular bogey-free 65 on Sunday to win his maiden title on the European Tour at the Volvo China Open.

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