Lydia Ko savors plaque to honor spectacular 3-wood shot at Lake Merced

Now she has proof in the fairway.

Lake Merced Golf Club unveiled a plaque Tuesday to honor Lydia Ko’s triumphant shot to win last year’s LPGA Mediheal Championship. Ko, in a playoff against Minjee Lee, hit a 3-wood shot from 231 yards on No. 18 — and the ball nearly rolled into the hole for an albatross.

It trickled past and stopped 2 feet away, setting up Ko’s eagle to win the tournament. That was her third LPGA victory at Lake Merced, on top of triumphs in 2014 and ‘15 (when the event was known as the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic).

“Obviously, this is the best shot I’ve hit under pressure,” Ko said during Tuesday’s brief ceremony.

Ko headlines the field for this year’s event at Lake Merced, starting Thursday.

Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: rkroichick@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ronkroichick

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