Lydia Ko Wins 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Ariya Jutanugarn Finishes 3rd

Lydia Ko (click to enlarge)

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko showed why she is the best player in the world with clutch final round shots, including a fantastic chip-in eagle on the par 3 3rd hole, to claim victory at the 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The youngest ever golf world #1, male or female, notched her 6th LPGA title with a 9-under overall score, besting 2nd place South Korean Amy Yang by 2 shots. Ko began her day in a tie for 1st at 7-under with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, but quickly separated herself as May suffered an error prone 18 holes, falling back to 4-under and a 3rd place finish at the end of 72 holes. Recently, Lydia has spoken of retiring at 30 to pursue another career. I hope not. She is beyond special. The young 17-year old Kiwi has the chance to rewrite every golf record.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

I feel a bit indebted to Sei Young Kim. I didn’t cover her win at the 2015 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. I was so crushed to see Ariya Jutanugarn come up short in the playoff, I had neither energy nor emotion left to write anything. I felt a similar pain watching May fall out of contention in the final round here at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. I have to get over that. May has played brilliantly overall in 2015. She’s finished 11th, 2nd and 3rd in the first three events of the year. She’s 3rd in prizemoney, 2nd in the Race to CME Globe, 7th in scoring, 4th in Player of the Year points and 1st in Rookie of the Year points (although somehow she trails fellow rookie Sei Young Kim in Player of the Year points but leads her in Rookie of the Year points–LPGA might want to adjust their points system–theoretically, and actually, one rookie could win POY while another wins ROY–can’t have that). If you told me before the season began that May would play this well, I’d have been overjoyed. And so I am.

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1 LYDIA KO (-9)

2 AMY YANG (-7)

3 ARIYA JUTANUGARN (-4)

T4 CHELLA CHOI (-2)

T4 JENNY SHIN (-2)

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Lydia Ko 70 70 72 71 -2 -9 283 $180,000
2 Amy Yang 73 70 70 72 -1 -7 285 $110,822
3 Ariya Jutanugarn 69 71 72 76 +3 -4 288 $80,393
T4 Jenny Shin 76 71 74 69 -4 -2 290 $51,067
T4 Ilhee Lee 68 82 69 71 -2 -2 290 $51,067
T4 Chella Choi 72 75 71 72 -1 -2 290 $51,067
T4 Minjee Lee 76 71 72 71 -2 -2 290 $27,728
T8 Charley Hull 71 71 76 73 E -1 291 $27,728
T8 Paz Echeverria 71 76 71 73 E -1 291 $27,728
T8 Ha Na Jang 71 69 76 75 +2 -1 291 $27,728
T8 Julieta Granada 73 72 70 76 +3 -1 291 $27,728
T12 Mika Miyazato 73 74 74 71 -2 E 292 $19,355
T12 Q Baek 77 72 71 72 -1 E 292 $19,355
T12 Jessica Korda 72 71 75 74 +1 E 292 $19,355
T12 Gwladys Nocera 71 73 74 74 +1 E 292 $19,355
T16 Karrie Webb 73 78 71 71 -2 +1 293 $15,472
T16 Marianne Skarpnord 75 72 73 73 E +1 293 $15,472
T16 Beatriz Recari 75 71 72 75 +2 +1 293 $15,472
T16 Katherine Kirk 72 73 70 78 +5 +1 293 $15,472
20 Pernilla Lindberg 76 74 71 73 E +2 294 $13,955
T21 Tiffany Joh 72 75 76 72 -1 +3 295 $12,287
T21 Shanshan Feng 74 74 74 73 E +3 295 $12,287
T21 Sydnee Michaels 73 76 73 73 E +3 295 $12,287
T21 So Yeon Ryu 77 74 71 73 E +3 295 $12,287
T21 Melissa Reid 71 74 75 75 +2 +3 295 $12,287
T21 Beth Allen 78 71 70 76 +3 +3 295 $12,287
T27 Laetitia Beck 78 71 73 74 +1 +4 296 $10,314
T27 Mo Martin 77 73 72 74 +1 +4 296 $10,314
T27 Catriona Matthew 74 74 72 76 +3 +4 296 $10,314
T30 Marina Alex 72 77 73 75 +2 +5 297 $9,162
T30 Marion Ricordeau 72 73 76 76 +3 +5 297 $9,162
T30 Mina Harigae 75 71 73 78 +5 +5 297 $9,162
T33 Katie Burnett 74 75 78 71 -2 +6 298 $7,933
T33 Amy Anderson 77 72 77 72 -1 +6 298 $7,933
T33 Ssu-Chia Cheng 76 73 77 72 -1 +6 298 $7,933
T33 Holly Clyburn 73 75 75 75 +2 +6 298 $7,933
T37 Mariajo Uribe 72 76 79 72 -1 +7 299 $6,720
T37 Sarah Kemp 77 73 77 72 -1 +7 299 $6,720
T37 Alena Sharp 70 78 75 76 +3 +7 299 $6,720
T37 Mi Hyang Lee 75 70 76 78 +5 +7 299 $6,720
T41 Min Seo Kwak 70 81 75 74 +1 +8 300 $5,825
T41 Kelly Tan 74 73 75 78 +5 +8 300 $5,825
T41 Rachel Hetherington 73 78 71 78 +5 +8 300 $5,825
T44 Cheyenne Woods 74 75 80 72 -1 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Karine Icher 75 73 79 74 +1 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Chloe Leurquin 75 75 77 74 +1 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Lisa McCloskey 75 76 76 74 +1 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Alison Walshe 74 75 77 75 +2 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Anne-Lise Caudal 75 75 76 75 +2 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Ayako Uehara 72 75 78 76 +3 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Ai Miyazato 73 75 77 76 +3 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Kylie Walker 75 73 77 76 +3 +9 301 $4,556
T44 Nikki Garrett 79 72 74 76 +3 +9 301 $4,556
T54 Sophie Walker 73 76 78 75 +2 +10 302 $3,580
T54 Christina Kim 74 71 81 76 +3 +10 302 $3,580
T54 Maria McBride 74 77 74 77 +4 +10 302 $3,580
T57 Min Lee 72 78 81 72 -1 +11 303 $3,580
T57 Ju Young Park 73 78 79 73 E +11 303 $3,155
T57 Maria Hernandez 75 74 80 74 +1 +11 303 $3,155
T57 Kristy McPherson 75 76 77 75 +2 +11 303 $3,155
T61 Wei-Ling Hsu 78 73 80 73 E +12 304 $2,943
T61 Na Yeon Choi 74 74 73 83 +10 +12 304 $2,943
63 Kendall Dye 78 71 80 76 +3 +13 305 $2,852
64 Christine Wolf 75 72 78 81 +8 +14 306 $2,791
65 Rebecca Artis 72 77 80 78 +5 +15 307 $2,730
T66 Garrett Phillips 74 77 79 78 +5 +16 308 $2,579
T66 Ann-Kathrin Lindner 78 73 79 78 +5 +16 308 $2,579
T66 Karlin Beck 74 77 77 80 +7 +16 308 $2,579
T66 Amy Boulden 77 74 77 80 +7 +16 308 $2,579
T70 Kris Tamulis 75 76 82 76 +3 +17 309 $2,412
T70 Brooke Pancake 71 78 83 77 +4 +17 309 $2,412
72 Mallory Blackwelder 75 75 78 82 +9 +18 310 $2,366
73 Christel Boeljon 76 73 82 81 +8 +20 312 $2,336
WD Lisa Ferrero WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
WD Christine Song WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
T74 Whitney Hillier 78 74 MC MC 152
T74 Jennifer Johnson 76 76 MC MC 152
T74 Therese Koelbaek 75 77 MC MC 152
T74 Becky Morgan 76 76 MC MC 152
T74 Ryann O’Toole 72 80 MC MC 152
T74 Dewi Claire Schreefel 77 75 MC MC 152
T74 Sakura Yokomine 77 75 MC MC 152
T81 Simin Feng 76 77 MC MC 153
T81 Sophie Gustafson 76 77 MC MC 153
T81 Eun-Hee Ji 76 77 MC MC 153
T81 Shelly Shin 79 74 MC MC 153
T81 Kelly Shon 75 78 MC MC 153
T81 Jennifer Song 74 79 MC MC 153
T87 Julia Boland 78 76 MC MC 154
T87 Danah Bordner 74 80 MC MC 154
T87 Dori Carter 76 78 MC MC 154
T87 Valentine Derrey 75 79 MC MC 154
T87 Moriya Jutanugarn 77 77 MC MC 154
T87 I.K. Kim 77 77 MC MC 154
T87 Seon Hwa Lee 75 79 MC MC 154
T87 Amelia Lewis 77 77 MC MC 154
T87 Haru Nomura 74 80 MC MC 154
T87 Kristie Smith 82 72 MC MC 154
T87 Sarah Jane Smith 78 76 MC MC 154
T98 Connie Chen 77 78 MC MC 155
T98 Emma De Groot 78 77 MC MC 155
T98 Tamie Durdin 82 73 MC MC 155
T98 Jennifer Gleason 74 81 MC MC 155
T98 Lorie Kane 74 81 MC MC 155
T98 Stacey Keating 81 74 MC MC 155
T98 Kubo Keiko 77 78 MC MC 155
T98 Ye Jin Kim 79 76 MC MC 155
T98 Caroline Masson 78 77 MC MC 155
T98 Belen Mozo 77 78 MC MC 155
T98 Jane Park 78 77 MC MC 155
T98 Jennifer Rosales 77 78 MC MC 155
T98 Marta Sanz Barrio 75 80 MC MC 155
T98 Jackie Stoelting 77 78 MC MC 155
T112 Bree Arthur 80 76 MC MC 156
T112 Cathryn Bristow 77 79 MC MC 156
T112 Kim Kaufman 78 78 MC MC 156
T112 Caroline Martens 79 77 MC MC 156
T112 Sophia Popov 80 76 MC MC 156
T112 Karin Sjodin 82 74 MC MC 156
T112 Jessica Speechley 80 76 MC MC 156
T112 Jaclyn Sweeney 81 75 MC MC 156
T120 Doey Choi 78 79 MC MC 157
T120 Jaye Marie Green 79 78 MC MC 157
T120 Danielle Montgomery 79 78 MC MC 157
T120 Su-Hyun Oh 79 78 MC MC 157
T120 Gerina Piller 75 82 MC MC 157
T120 Marissa Steen 79 78 MC MC 157
T120 Thidapa Suwannapura 78 79 MC MC 157
T127 Isabelle Boineau 77 81 MC MC 158
T127 Liv Cheng 79 79 MC MC 158
T127 Corie Hou 78 80 MC MC 158
T127 Camilla Lennarth 76 82 MC MC 158
T127 Kono Matsumoto 78 80 MC MC 158
T127 Stephanie Na 80 78 MC MC 158
T127 Paula Reto 79 79 MC MC 158
T127 Giulia Sergas 79 79 MC MC 158
135 Demi Runas 79 80 MC MC 159
T136 Joanna Klatten 81 79 MC MC 160
T136 N Thangaraja 75 85 MC MC 160
T138 Laura Davies 81 80 MC MC 161
T138 Perrine Delacour 83 78 MC MC 161
T138 Florentyna Parker 84 77 MC MC 161
T138 Sadena Parks 83 78 MC MC 161
T138 Yani Tseng 79 82 MC MC 161
T138 Alison Whitaker 80 81 MC MC 161
T144 Carly Booth 76 86 MC MC 162
T144 Jenna Hunter 85 77 MC MC 162
T144 Vicky Thomas 80 82 MC MC 162
147 SoJin Baik 74 89 MC MC 163
T148 Cherie Alison 78 87 MC MC 165
T148 Lee-Anne Pace 82 83 MC MC 165
150 Breanna Elliott 82 84 MC MC 166
151 Hannah Collier 86 83 MC MC 169
152 Julie Greciet 87 87 MC MC 174
153 Line Vedel 79 WD WD WD 79
154 P.K. Kongkraphan 85 WD WD WD 85
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