Mediheal Championship: Lydia Ko wins her first tournament in two years

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Ko, who stumbled early with bogeys on three of the first six holes, birdied three of the final six - including the 18th after almost pitching in for eagle - for a 71 that tied her with Lee.

When she didn't get the desired results in 2017, going without a win on Tour for the first time since 2012, she overhauled her team once again.

This was Ko's 15th tour victory and her third on the Lake Merced course since turning professional as a 14-year-old, but she had gone 44 tournaments since her last win and plummeted from her position atop the rankings as a teenager. This uncertainty has led to much discussion in the game, but in claiming her 15 title on the circuit, Ko will now feel validated and that a fresh era has begun in what has already been a remarkable career.

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It's a huge relief because people were saying you're not winning because of this or that, and my family, friends and sponsors were just really supportive of me.

"I don't know if anybody could beat that", Lee said about Ko's second shot.

Earlier, Lee had charged into the playoff by holing out from the bunker for birdie on the 17 hole, then dropping a 2m putt on the last to sign for an impressive 68 to reach 12 under. "I was able to hit a good shot again".

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For Ko, the friendly confines of Lake Merced Golf Club could be just the place to end her drought.Although Ko had 11 top-10 finishes across the 2017 season but has looked a far cry from the fresh-faced teenager who tore the scene apart back in 2015.

"I knew I needed to hit it actually good to hold the tree and to succeed in the inexperienced, particularly with Minjee being a superb 20 yards in entrance of me and it seemed like she was going to hit an iron", stated Ko, who was born in Seoul, South Korea however moved to New Zealand as an toddler. I think sometimes self pressure is the biggest thing where you kind of put a lot of load on your shoulders. "But just to have a two-and-a-half foot putt to possibly win the event is a pretty good feeling, but also nerve wracking, too".

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