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Ko Jin-young wins her second major this year

AFP, EVIAN, France

South Korea’s Ko Jin-young celebrates winning the Evian Championship in Evian, France, on Sunday.

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South Korea’s Ko Jin-young on Sunday won the Evian Championship, her second major of the year.

The 24-year-old, who captured the ANA Inspiration earlier this season, fired a final-round 67 for 15-under and a two-shot victory.

Ko had been four shots off the lead overnight, but she mastered the rain and cold at the Alpine venue, carding just one bogey.

Third-round leader and compatriot Kim Hyo-joo, China’s Feng Shanshan and Jennifer Kupcho of the US finished tied for second on 13-under.

“I thought last night I can do it. If I play really good I can win. I never saw the other players shots or scores, so I got the win,” said Ko, who also returned to the world No. 1 spot.

It was her third title overall this year and she becomes the first multiple-major winner in the same season since Inbee Park in 2015.

Ko will have little time to dwell on her success with the Women’s British Open scheduled to start at Woburn on Thursday.

A birdie putt on the 17th hole gave Ko a two-stroke cushion going to the par-five 18th and she played it comfortably for a two-putt par that sealed the win.

Kupcho might have played her way into the US Solheim Cup team with a bogey-free 66.

“It’s crazy,” Kupcho told the LPGA Web site. “I definitely played really well this week and it’s exciting to see that I can compete where my game is right now. Excited for the rest of the season.”

“I was just out there having fun. Coming into the day obviously I was a long way back, and I was just like, I’m going to go play well,” she said. “I play really well in the rain so I wasn’t worried about it. I came out and played really well.”

Ariya Jutanugarn eagled the 18th hole to finish at 273, one stroke better than her sister, Moriya, and Park Sung-hyun.

On 275 were Inbee Park and Megan Khang. Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling was tied for 37th place on 284.

Ko won rich praise from veteran caddie Dave Brooker, who has now helped steer five major triumphs having worked previously with Lorena Ochoa and Grace Park.

“She can win anywhere,” Brooker said. “The things that impress most about her are her consistency and her ball-striking, as she showed today. She literally didn’t miss a shot in 18 holes. Her management of distance control because she just does not curve the ball. It’s phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“Most great players I’ve worked for tend to work the ball one way or the other. She just hits everything dead straight and it seems to pay dividends because we have a lot of looks at birdie,” he added. “It’s very difficult to compare one to the other, but she’s definitely up there with the greats.”

Additional reporting by staff writer

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