Lydia Ko played a fantastic final round of golf in the Women's PGA Championship. This was one of the impressive climaxes to golf major and KO was at the heart of it.Yes, we had expected to count on the scoreboard at the end of play and see 'Ko, New Zealand' at the top of everything. But for women's golf, for Kio’s long-term tradition, we will one day look back and be grateful to bear in mind Brooke Henderson, holding the big silver trophy, with the words 'Oh, Canada' splashed in red throughout the giant scoreboard.
Jack Nicklaus is the best of perpetuity because of his competitions. Yes, Nicklaus won 18 majors. But he also came second on nineteen events. Maybe Nicklaus's supreme accomplishment is finishing in the top 3 in majors on 46 celebrations out of 164 starts.The Golden Bear was defined not just by his own luster, however by the opposition he had to beat. 4 times he finished second to both Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. Nicklaus also can be found in 2nd behind the similarity Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Seve and Johnny Miller.
The one thing lacking from Tiger's career was the lack of a really fantastic competitor. If Tiger shot 67 with a final-round lead, as KO did on Monday early morning, then he won.And when KO led by 3 shots from a pack of 7 gamers after the front nine, we thought she had it made. Henderson was both dazzling and lucky, and she needed to be both to beat KO.
Henderson didn't understand if that fluky eagle putt was going to get to the top of the hill, let along take the big break, and was screaming "Go, go" at her ball. A few holes later she splayed her drive right and her ball kicked back into the fairway off a mound.
KO was unlucky. Ko looked like she would get a checked out on her birdie putt on 18, however Piller played such a bad bunker shot that Ko never got to see the ball roll out by the hole.Luck was a major part of Henderson's victory, however so was talent. The tall pines are claustrophobic skyscrapers; however Henderson was like a thrilled kid on Broadway.Did the ten-meter putt for birdie on 17 the four-meter putt for par on 18 and the meter putt for success on the very first play-off hole? KO must have thought she was looking in a mirror.
Sahalee translates as "high, divine ground" and Henderson had to play the golf of the gods to beat Ko. The dazzling New Zealander played one of the fantastic major rounds of her brief career.When Palmer shot a last round 65 to beat the 20-year-old Nicklaus at the 1960 US Open, Ben Hogan said, "I played with a kid who needs to have won this thing by ten shots." You couldn't say that of Ko. The kid did herself and New Zealand proud. She just got beaten by another phenomenon who initially won an expert occasion aged 14.
We will witness among the fantastic periods of women's golf. When Henderson holed her gutsy par putt on 18, the 20-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn, who was relaxing on the fairway against her golf bag, smiled and praised. Jutanugarn, like Ko and Henderson, played a final round without a bogey. She shot 66 and lost.She reacted by winning the next three events on the LPGA trip. Like Ko, I can't wait for the United States Open to roll along at the start of July. Oh Canada, Oh Ko, Oh World.