Lydia Ko finishes strong to take eighth in Arizona

Lydia Ko finishes strong to take eighth in Arizona

The 19-year-old New Zealander went bogey-free across all four rounds to join Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn six shots off the winning pace set by Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.

Nordqvist's score to par came within two strokes of the LPGA record of 27-under set in 2001 by fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam and matched previous year by Kim Sei-Young.

Nordqvist took control of the tournament with a course record third round of 11-under 61 to lead by two with 18 holes to play and put the result beyond doubt with a 4-under Sunday round.

Last season's Evian Championship victor Chun laid down the strongest challenge with four birdies in her first seven holes but her momentum then stalled and she picked up just two more shots over her last 11 holes.

It was Nordqvist's seventh LPGA title and came in the part of America she says she considers home after attending nearby Arizona State University as an amateur. They feel like family, my USA family. She had an impressive four days carding 26 birdies, one eagle, and three bogeys to finish at 25-under par for the tournament.

A disappointing bogey at the 72, just her third dropped shot of the week, was of no effect as she claimed the trophy and winner's cheque for $225,000 with a 26-under-par total. But right now, Arizona feels like home.

"It got a little interesting at the end, but I'm so happy and proud of myself this week", said the six-foot Swede.

He followed up that improved showing with a final round five-under 67 this morning to leap 39 spots on the leaderboard and claim his first top 20 finish since November. She won at Desert Ridge in 2013 to reach No. 1, was second in 2014 and 2015 and tied for fourth a year ago. Park tied for fifth at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, and won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore two weeks ago.

"I feel like every hole everybody have chance to make birdie", Jutanugarn said.

Nordqvist wasn't the only high profile player making a move Saturday, World Number One Lydia Ko posting a 9-under 63 early in the day.

Nelly Korda shot 64 and also sits at 16-under, three shots better than her sister Jessica.

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