ANA Inspiration: South Korea & # 039; s Ko Jin-young wins first major

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Ko (center) celebrated her maiden major victory by jumping into the water through the 18th green with her caddy David Brooker and agent Soo jin Choi Final leaderboard -10 Ko (Kor); -7 Lee (Kor); -6 Thompson (USA); -5 Ciganda (Spa), Kim (Kor), others selected: -3 Hull (Eng); +2 Ewart Shadoff (Eng); +5 Hall (Eng)

Ko Jin-young from South Korea has won her first major with a three-time victory at ANA Inspiration in California.

The reigning LPGA rookie of the year, 23, carded a two-under par 70 ends at 10 under for the tournament, with countryman Lee Mi-hyang at seven under.

Ko is the 15th woman from South Korea to win a major and the fifth to win the tournament

American Lexi Thompson finished third in six, while Charley Hull in England the twelfth was at three.

Ko & # 39; s victory followed her victory two weeks ago at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and her recent form is set to move her top of the world rankings.

She was in tears when she placed a birdie on the 18th and was celebrated by jumping in Poppie's Pound at the Mission Hills Country Club.

"I always think about when I can go into that pond," she said. "That's today."

"I had a great lap and a great week, I felt nervous today, but I just tried to keep myself calm." My caddy told me on the 18th that I had a lead of two shots. And don't worry, enjoy it. "

Ko, who was second at the British Open in 2015, added:" I won the tournament and that is a happy moment. I thank God, I thank my parents, I thank my grandparents, it is an honor for me to become a member of so many great Korean players. "

Englishman Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished in two over with countryman Georgia Hall in five over. World number one Park Sung-hyun tied for 52nd in four over.

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