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Ko denied third major in play-off

NZN 12/06/2016

World No.1 Lydia Ko has been denied a third successive major, beaten on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off by Brooke Henderson at the women's PGA Championship near Seattle.

Ko had taken a three-shot lead into the final nine holes before fourth-ranked Henderson launched a strong late run, closing with a round of 65 to draw even at the Sahalee Country Club course at Sammamish in Washington State.

While Ko found the green in two on the 18th - the first play-off hole - she missed a tricky 20-foot putt and had to settle for par.

The 18-year-old Canadian's inch-perfect second shot left her with a three-foot birdie putt which she made for her first major title.

It was the biggest win of her career, and she became the second-youngest winner in a major championship after Ko's triumph in last year's Evian Championship in France.

The win also bumps Henderson up two places to No.2 in the world.

Her final round six-under 65 was set up by a late charge as she powered home in 31, with her back nine including an eagle at the par-5 11th and birdies at the two par threes at No.13 and No.17.

Overnight leader Ko missed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole which would have given her the win as she settled for a blemish-free final round 67.

Ko had been targeting her third straight major after also winning the ANA Inspiration in April this year.

Ko said afterwards that she had no complaints with the way she played.

"I said my goal was to play all four days and that's what I played, and even an extra hole," she said.

"I'm happy with the way I played - I just got outplayed."

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