Hard & Fast: Lydia Ko Wins Marathon Classic



Lydia Ko got back to her winning ways over the weekend. Ko snatched a win at the Marathon Classic in Ohio away from Arya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee on the fourth playoff hole.

After shooting rounds of 68, 66 and 67, Ko was in control and even after the first nine holes of her final round, Ko had a four-shot lead.

Through her final nine holes of the tournament though, Ko was 2-over-par and let Jutanugarn and Lee back into the mix.

Ko now has four wins in five playoff situations, losing to fellow teenager Brooke Henderson in a playoff earlier this year. Talk about clutch; if you're coming up against Ko in a playoff, you'd better be sinking putts and chipping it down the fairway.

This win is Ko's second win in her past five tournaments and her past five results have seen her finish 2nd, T4, 1st, T3 and 1st.

Two wins in her last five tournaments, four wins this season and 14 career wins for Ko now.

As always, Ko spoke as only she can afterwards (via LPGA)...

“Just a lot of great vibes,” said Ko. “I like Ohio. The people have been great, and even though -- I mean, there are a lot of fans walking out there with us. I said, hey, it's because Ms. Stacy is a hometown girl, but one of the fans said, no, we've come to watch you play. Just to hear that is pretty cool. Everyone has been super supportive, and they always support me coming back to this state.”

Super Duper Lydia still leads the Race To CME Globe Season rankings with 3,975 points. Jutanugarn is 2nd on 2,731 points.

Super Duper Lydia still leads the Rolex Rankings.

Super Duper Lydia still has the lowest scoring average on tour - 69.102. Consider that she has hit over 1,000 more strokes than Ha Na Jang who is 2nd in scoring average, over 10 more rounds than Jang and that Jang's scoring average is 69.909.

Super Duper Lydia still has the lowest putting average - 28.49. 

Super Duper Lydia still leads top-10 finishes with 73%, next best is Lexi Thompson on 57%.

Channeled the inner Chef in me today 🙈 #SurprisinglyDelicious #ChefKo 😋😋😋

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