Olympics – silver for Ko

Lydia Ko birdied the last hole on the women’s golf to secure a silver medal just now. Inbee Park was too strong on the final day, winning the gold five shots clear.

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Ko should be reasonably satisfied – and perhaps a bit relieved in the end – with second place but may be a bit disappointed she didn’t pull off a win. But golf is a sport that even the best only win sometimes so this is a very good result.

The K-4 women’s 500m kayak team came in fifth in their final.

Andrea Hewitt was 7th in the women’s triathalon, and Nicky Samuels was 13th.

All that’s left for Kiwis today is Nick Willis in the men’s 1500m final at 12:00 pm.

After that there is one remaining event for Kiwis, Samuel Gaze in the men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country tomorrow morning at 3:30 am.

Eliza McCartney

Back to yesterday and Eliza McCartney’s bronze in the pole vault – that was one of the nicest and most emotional events and results I have experienced. She wasn’t expected to win a medal, her goal was to make the final 12 as experience with Tokyo in 4 years the big goal.

Eliza was so obviously ecstatic with her effort. It was flawless up to the limit of her current capability, and so nice when an Aussie’s failed attempt (sorry Aussie) left Eliza in third place. She revelled in celebrating along with the two other medal winners.

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If you haven’t heard much about Eliza The Spinoff has Reflecting on Eliza McCartney’s astonishing rise.

Current medal tally 4 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze, total 17. New Zealand are 18th on the medal table,.

Olympics – McCartney bronze!

Eliza McCartney has won the bronze medal in the pole vault, equalling her New Zealand record of 4.8 metres.

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The women’s hockey team lost their game for bronze against Germany 1-2.

The women’s K4 500m kayak won their semi final to make the final which will be early tomorrow morning.

Quentin Rew got 11the in a field of 80 in the men’s 50 km walk.

Trent Jones crashed in his second semifinal race in the BMX, coming in 7th and was also 7th in his third race putting him out of contention. He had ridden to 3rd in the first race.

Most of my interest has been in third day of women’s golf. Lydia Ko came into the round quite a way off the pace but had a day best round of 6 under (which included a hole in one) to rise to 2nd equal near the end of the round, putting her right into medal contention.

But Inbee Park is 3 shots better playing the last hole. A number of other leading players had difficult days.

UPDATE: Park bogied the last hole to finish on 11 under for a two shot lead.

It will be interesting to see how Eliza McCartney goes in the pole vault final later this morning (11:30 am).

Nikki Hamblyn will run in the women’s 5000 m at 12:40 pm.

From yesterday, Tom Walsh topped off a five medal day for New Zealand, getting a shot put bronze that he looks very pleased with.

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This adds up to a record 15 medals for New Zealand. So far.

Eliza just cleared her personal best of 4.8 m first attempt!

Five others still in the contest but no one else has cleared 4.8 yet so she is starting to look like a genuine medal chance.

Two cleared 4.85 and Eliza missed on three attempts, but so did two others so she claims the bronze!

Now 16 medals.

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Women’s PGA Championship

Lydia Ko is attempting to win her third major in a row in the US Women’s PGA being held at Sammamish, Washington State.

Unusually for Ko she led at the end of the third round on 1 under. She was one of only three players to be under par on a challenging course and was one of two players to be on or under par for each of their three rounds (Brittany Lincicome was the other).

Early in the last round Ko holds a one shot lead (after 3 holes) on 3 under but the leaderboard is close, with 4 players currently one shot back and further 5 players 2 behind.

Ko is good enough to win, but in gold it’s always possible for players to have outstanding days and surge through, and it’s not uncommon for leaders to have bad days and drop back.

By the look of the number of under par scores so far today it looks like the course may be playing easier than it was over the previous three rounds.

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They are showing this live on Sky Sports.

Just before posting Ko has birdied the 4th to go 2 shots clear.

 

Ko kid blitzes ladies golf

Lydia Ko has just won another Ladies PGA gold tournament and is now the youngest player to win ten tournaments. She also regains number one spot in world rankings, and tops both the LPGA money list and the Race to CME Globe points table.

And she did this in style, through much of the year but also in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship where she blitzed the field, finishing with a 7 under final round to finish on 20 under, 11 clear of the two who finished 2nd.

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The current Money List top ten:

KoMoneyList26Oct15Danny Lee was 9th on the PGA in the completed 2015 season and earned $3,965,933 so there’s a significant disparity between men’s and ladies’ golf earnings.

But Ko could earn more, there’s another four LPGA tournaments to go.

This win also puts Ko back on top of the world Rolex Rankings but they haven’t updated the website yet.

A fantastic start to Ko’s professional golfing career.

Lydia Ko becomes youngest major winner

Lydia Ko became the youngest major golf championship winner yesterday when she won the Evian Championship in France. She didn’t just win, she blitzed the field with an eight under final round, the lowest final round score by a winner in a major championship. She has shot 8 under twice in non championship tournaments.

The previous youngest major winner, Morgan Pressel, was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days when she became the youngest winner in 2007. Pressel and Ko were equal third in this Evian championship after three rounds but Pressel blew out with a four over par round.

The next youngest is Lexi Thompson who won a major last year at 19 years 1 month 27 days.

This was Ko’s last chance to become the youngest major winner as it is the last major of the year.

Thompson was placed second coming into the last round, one shot ahead of Ko. After 7 holes of the last round with four birdies Thompson had gone out to a 3 shot lead over Ko but dropped a shot on the next hole and then double bogeyed the 14 while Ko had birdied past her by the 12th and went on to birdie three more holes including the 18th.

Ko’s four rounds were 69, 69, 67, 63 for a total of 268, 16 under par.

Her earnings for the year are now $2,190,922. This win also bumps her to the top of the season-long Race to the CME Globe points competition, just 61 points ahead of Inbee Park. They have both had four wins. Two other players have had two wins.

The LPGA website reports:

LYDIA KO BECOMES THE YOUNGEST MAJOR WINNER EVER AT THE 2015 EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

In her last chance to become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history, Lydia Ko shined on Sunday closing with an 8-under 63 to claim her first major title at the Evian Championship. Ko battled fellow young superstar Lexi Thompson down the stretch but pulled away on the final five holes for the six-stroke victory. Ko shot all four rounds in the 60’s (69-69-67-63) to finish at 16-under par 268. Her round of 63 was the lowest final round by a winner in a major championship, previously held by Karen Stupples (64) at the 2004 Women’s British Open.

“The first feeling I get is I’m very wet, I’m very cold,” Ko said of the celebatory water shower on the 18th green. “But it’s a great feeling. Today has been unbelievable. You know, I put myself in a good position going into today, over the last couple of days, and yeah, I just focused on my game. Lexi was playing really great golf, hitting good shots to the pin and making a lot of great putts. So I just said, hey, I’ve just got to focus on one shot at a time.”

When asked what it was like to walk down the 18th hole with a five-shot lead, Ko said it was her caddie, Jason Hamilton, who reminded her to take it all in.

“Jason told me to just enjoy the moment,” said Ko. “Any tournament it’s hard to come down the 18th with a five-shot lead, and to do it in a major, it’s an even better feeling.”

A brief and rare sign of emotion from Ko came during the water spray celebration on the 18th green from Danielle Kang, Amy Yang and sister Sura. It was that moment when she came to realize she made history again.

“Yeah, a couple teardrops,” said Ko. “I didn’t totally cry-cry. But I kind of got a little overwhelmed, and I could kind of feel tears coming when Jason said, enjoy the moment, coming down onto the green. I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the questions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was relieved. But to kind of have that putt go in, I think just everything dropped. I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I mean, it was so amazing, and just, I think, all feelings kind of went into me.”

Congratulations to Lydia, this was a great win in an already amazing career.