Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration for first major title

Jin Young Ko won the ANA Inspiration on Sunday at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage (Riverside County) for her first major title and second victory in three weeks.

Ko closed with a 2-under-par 70 in hot and calm conditions for a three-stroke victory over Mi Hyang Lee. Ko celebrated with the traditional winner’s leap into Poppie’s Pond.

“It’s a really great honor,” Ko said on the 18th green.

Ko shot a 10-under 278. The South Korean, 23, won for the fourth time on the LPGA Tour.

Lexi Thompson was third at 6-under after a 67.

PGA: Corey Conners picked up his first PGA Tour victory and earned an invite to the Masters, winning the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Conners entered the tournament field last Monday, and he’s the first golfer to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday in nine years. He made three birdies in the final five holes, shooting a 6-under 66. He was 20-under for the tournament, winning by two shots over Charley Hoffman.

Symetra Tour: Leona Maguire made birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Pajaree Anannarukarn and win the Windsor Classic outside Santa Rosa. Maguire and Anannarukarn both finished at 12-under. The Symetra Tour is the LPGA’s top developmental circuit.

Irawan dies: Officials at the Sanya Championship said that 28-year-old Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died in his hotel room from “apparent natural causes,” and the PGA Tour Series-China canceled the final round of the tournament.

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