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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Kobra Snaps Up Number 10

Yes, it's official. Lydia Ko got her 10th professional win at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women´s Open.

Lydia holds up scorecard with course record

It wasn't enough that she shot the lowest round of her career while setting the course record (61) at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch during the second round. She also made it back-to-back wins after taking the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open last week.

After that brilliant second round, the Kobra struggled a bit in her final round. She managed to shoot -3 in the first 7 holes, only to double the 8th and bogey the 9th. Then she barely missed a chip-in eagle on 10 (she did get the birdie) and barely missed a 50-footer for birdie on 11.

But the big move came on 12. Charley Hull was doing her best to run Lydia down and was only 2 shots back... until she doubled the hole while Lydia birdied. That 3-shot swing dropped Charley 5 strokes off the pace and she never recovered. Lydia could only post a 71 in the final round -- for a -14 total -- but it was good enough for a 4-stroke win over amateur Hannah Green. Charley shot 75 and finished 7 shots back.

Of course, Lydia is supposed to play this week at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore -- you know, the tournament Paula Creamer won last year with that ridiculously long putt. Of course everybody wonders if Lydia can make it 3 in a row. But there's an even more tantalizing question begging for an answer...

Just how many tournaments can the Kobra win before she turns 18 in late April?

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