419. Lydia Don’t Cry-Cry

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The fabulous Lydia Ko showed her closing class with an amazing last round to  win the Evian Championship and become the youngest woman to win a golf major at just 18 years 4 months and 20 days.

Bill Fields at ESPN let his admiration shine:

Through seven holes, American Lexi Thompson, on the strength of three consecutive birdies, led Ko by three strokes. Over the next hour, however, the complexion of the tournament changed drastically. Thompson bogeyed No. 8. while Ko birdied the ninth, 11th and 12th holes to take a one-shot lead. After the par-3 14th — where Thompson missed the green, flubbed a pitch and made double-bogey — Ko had a three-stroke advantage.

Ko birdied No. 15 and No. 17, and if happiness for a golfer isn’t walking to the 18th hole on a Sunday with a five-stroke lead in pursuit of your first major, there is no such thing as happiness. Ko’s final stroke, a 20-foot birdie putt, gave her a six-stroke victory.

“Yeah, a couple teardrops,” Ko told reporters afterward. “I didn’t totally cry-cry. But I kind of got a little overwhelmed.”

It’s not just that she is an excellent athlete: it’s her personality that wraps it all in tinsel. Not so much the honesty, but the total authenticity. She’s a bit of dagg, really. Enjoying it, without being owned by it.

It’s one of those moments where I don’t mind being in my dotage. The younger generation is better and stronger and faster and smarter and funnier than we ever were. And that’s the way it’s meant to be.


 

For the record, the youngest male winner of a golf major was Young Tom Morris, who was aged 17 years 5 months 8 days when won the British Open in 1868. His father came second.

About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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