Christchurch, New Zealand (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 Lydia Ko cruised to a 4-stroke win at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday.
Playing in her homeland, Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to post 14-under-par 202. She fired a course-record 11-under 61 in Saturday's second round to take control of the tournament.
Ko got off to a quick start with birdies at one and two. After three straight pars, she moved to 16-under as she birdied the par-4 sixth. Ko faltered to a double-bogey on the eighth and she dropped another stroke on the ninth.
Around the turn, Ko got back into red figures with a birdie on the 10th. She got to minus-15 thanks to a birdie at the 12th. Ko stumbled to a bogey at 17, but she parred the last to win by four.
Amateur Hannah Green closed with a 4-under 68 to grab second place at minus-10. Nanna Koerstz Madsen (71) ended alone in third at 9-under 207.
Beth Allen (73) and Marianne Skarpnord (72) shared fourth minus-8. Amelia Lewis (71), Marta Sanz (71), Pamela Prestwell (73) and Charley Hull (75) tied for sixth at 7-under-par 209.