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Ko comes third at Michigan LPGA event
After a stunning final round, Lydia Ko finished third at the latest LPGA event at Blythefield Country Club, Michigan. The final round had started with the 21-year-old in a tie for eighth position on the leaderboard, however, she shot one bogey and six commendable birdies to finish 18 under in the tournament, earning herself the third position. The LPGA event was won by South Korean golfer So Yeon Ryu who finished three shots ahead of Ko while Caroline Masson from Germany reached second position on her 19 under. Ko mentioned that she was satisfied with her performance that day and that this was the tournament she really loves playing. The Kiwi golfer also opined that the course at Blythefielf Country Club, though not easy, helped perfectly showcase the amount of talent on the tour.
Koepka becomes first in 30 years to defend US Open title
The Shinnecock Hills in New York saw Brooke Kapka post a one-shot victory and become the first golfer in three decades to be able to defend his US Open title. The last golfer to win back-to-back US Open titles was Curtis Strange in 1989. World No. 9, Koepka had won the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills by four shots, earning himself a tournament total of 16 under par. This time, the American player shot a two-under par 68, beating Tommy Fleetwood by one shot. The 28-year-old had held on to his share of the lead from Sunday, when he fired birdies on the second and third holes. During the final round, Koepka quickly recovered from his bogeys on the sixth and eleventh. Fleetwood offered Koepka a furious competition with his eight birdies suring a seven under 63but missed a short birdie putt on his last hole. This being his third US PGA Tour victory, Koepka will be awarded the winner’s cheque of a whopping $2.16 million. The Florida native that he enjoyed working under pressure and that it feels incredible to be able to defend the US Open title.
Manley claims second European Challenge Tour victory
Welsh golfer Stuart Manley won the Hauts de France Golf Open, making this his second win on the European Challenge Tour. The 39-year old’s first success on the European Challenge Tour was in the Finnish Challenge in August of 2013. He had also won the Welsh National PGA Championship that took place in 2012 at Cardiff. This time, he finished six-under par and beat Scotsman Grant Forrest on the third hole of play-off after four rounds. Manley expressed that that after the previous week’s loss at a play-off and being able to get into another one in the final round, he was determined to win this one.