DALY CITY, Calif. – Lydia Ko hit a 3-wood to 3-foot Eagle to finish Minjee Lee on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the cool LPGA MEDIHEAL championship
Ko won her 15th LPGA Tour title and first since July 2016, a 43-eventful track characterized by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment and a major weight loss.
"My whole team and my family worked really hard for this moment," Ko said. "I am glad that a few of them are here and we can celebrate together."
Five days after his 21st birthday, the New Zealander won Lake Merced for the third time after bringing the Swinging Skirts LPGA to the tree. lined layout in 2014 and 2015.
"It's crazy because I was three over the day in one day, and I said," Hey, you just have to concentrate, and you never know what's going to happen? "Ko said. "I was able to put my game together on the back nine.When that putt fell, I was like," Oh, my God. "
Twenty yards behind Lee on the fairway on the par-5 1
"I met some really good 3-woods today, and I said," Hey, you might have to try to copy that on the other par 5, "Ko said." I was able to shoot a good shot again. I did not really know how close it would be. "
Lee, the 21-year-old Australian, who won the US Junior at Lake Merced in 2012, hit her second shot in the rough near the right green bunker and made a 10 Foot-birdie-putt.
Ko finished with 1 under 71 to equal Lee with 12 under 276. Lee had her second straight 68.  Ko shot a flop shot for birdie on par-4 13th. Poppte came on par-5 15th for Birdie and hit Lee on the 18th with an up-and-down birdie to force the playoff.
Playing in The group in front of Ko and Jessica Korda, Lee squatted out of a green bunker for Birdie on the Par-3 17.
Korda, a stroke in front of Ko and Lee with nine holes left, ended up with a 74 in a falling second at 8 under with Angel Yin (67), Shanshan Feng (68) and Charley Hull (70)