Lee wins ANA Inspiration after three-way playoff with Brooke Henderson, Korda

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2020

Ko finished in sixth place with $160,000 on Monday (NZT) as Canada's Brooke Henderson, American Nelly Korda, and South Korea's Mirim Lee jostled for the title in a three-way play-off.

Lee then took down the ninth-ranked Henderson and third-ranked Korda on the first extra hole with a birdie to win the ANA Inspiration, the second women's major of this truncated golf season.

She had earlier chipped in for birdies on the sixth and 16th holes, the latter from 80-foot range, but her lone mistake of the final day at the 17th looked to have cost her until she produced her thrilling finish which wrestled the clubhouse lead away from 2014 champion Lexi Thompson (69).

Maguire had her first bogey free round of the tournament and hit three birdies to help propel her up the leaderboard and claim just under $40,000 in winnings.

Stephanie Meadow had a less enjoyable day and her round of 76 was her worst of the tournament as she hit five bogeys to finish on +2 for a share of 51st place.

Korda had bounced back well from a torrid front nine on Saturday, and she made the best start of the leaders with birdies at three of the first six holes, with Henderson picking up shots at the second and fourth.

Lydia Ko fired a sensational final round to make her presence felt at the ANA Inspiration golf championship. Korda went into the 72nd hole needing a birdie for her maiden major title but a wayward drive on the short par five saw her layup for par.

She was never in the lead at any point until she calmly holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th to beat Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, who each had the lead on the back nine.

The chalet in normal years has served as a buffer for shots struck too hard, but it served no goal except for some signage that didn't really stand out.

The backstop had prevented Lee's ball from going in the water just before she hit her eagle, and Henderson's second shot on Sunday actually ended up underneath the wall. She flopped that into the bunker and didn't get up-and-down, leading to double bogey.

The recovery was particularly noteworthy considering that Korda followed her first bogey in 37 holes by finding the water and, by her own admission, losing her rhythm. "Especially those final rounds where I feel maybe it could have been a different story, but Mirim and Nelly played great, and I really fought my way around, so I'm happy". Korda had a two-shot lead with four to play, but it was her tee shots on the 18th, both into deep rough, that kept her from a reasonable chance at birdie in regulation for the win and in the playoff. She finished at 8-under 280, setting the record for lowest score by an amateur.

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