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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 187
KO WINS EVEN WITH A DOUBLE HIT THE last time a professional of note had a double-hit in a tournament, it cost Taiwan’s T.C Chen a US Open Championship. But not even the rarest of double-hits, with a putter, could stop World No.1 Lydia Ko from notching her first LPGA Tour win of the season. The 18-year-old Kiwi began the final round with a four-stroke lead and was still cruising at the top of the leaderboard when she chose to putt from off the green at the 10th hole. As she struck the ball, it popped virtually straight up and struck the shaft of the putter, just above the hosel, before dribbling onto the green. Ko called the one-stroke penalty on herself, which led to a bogey. Ko remained composed as South Korea’s Inbee Park, the World No.2, began to make a charge. Playing three groups ahead, Park moved to within a shot of Ko with a birdie at the par-3 14th hole. Park gave that shot back at the next hole, before two more birdies at the 16th and 17th holes applied a little pressure to Ko nearing the closing stretch. MORE> FINAU BREAKS THROUGH IN PUERTO RICO BIG-hitting Tony Finau broke through for his inaugural PGA Tour title when he birdied the third play-off hole against veteran Steve Marino to win the Puerto Rico Open. The pair ventured back to the 18th tee of the Coco Beach course three times before Finau closed out with a birdie after smashing his second shot into a bunker behind the green on the long par-5 closer. He then splashed out to three feet and holed the putt to win. "I think I'm still a little bit overwhelmed," said Finau, who is in his second full PGA Tour season. "It probably hasn't all sunk in." Marino, who was just off the back edge of the 18th green in two but three-putted, was also looking for his first victory after 183 PGA Tour starts since 2003. "I finally played the hole like you're supposed to," Marino said. "I hit the fairway and then hit it on the back fringe. I didn't think that putt was going to be that slow and then I just hit a poor putt on the second putt. Pretty disappointing, played really well." MORE> TRAPS AROUND the
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