Rookie Wins Historic Championship
Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit, the 21-year-old rookie who played college golf at UCLA, held off Lydia Ko to win her first major at the 2021 ANA Inspiration. This win not only marked a first for Tavatanakit, it is also the first time a woman from Thailand has won the event.
Celebrating 50 Years
After again gathering the world’s best women for the first Major of the year, the tournament now has a total of 39 different champions over its 50-year history.
Lydia Ko shot one of the greatest final rounds in LPGA major championship history on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. On the final day of play, she had seven birdies and an eagle on the first 11 holes, including shooting a tournament-record 29 on the front nine. She also matched Lorena Ochoa’s tournament single-round record 62 set in 2006. Even with such an amazing performance, she was never able to get closer to Tavatanakit than two shots.
Tavatanakit’s 4-under 68 during the final round gave her an 18-under 270 total. It was nearly a record-breaker as she was one shot shy of the 19-under set in 1999 by Dottie Pepper.
The key to her championship success seems to have been focusing on the work before her. “I didn’t look at the leaderboard at all today,” she said, “I saw her [Ko’s] name up there, but I didn’t look at it. I wanted to play my own game, which I did, and did a really good job of that today.”
The weight of a historic tournament didn’t even appear to get to her. “I didn’t want to take it the way that like, ‘Oh, I’m leading a major championship,’” Tavatanakit said. “I just wanted to look at it as it’s another round, it’s another tournament, even though it’s a big tournament.”
Perhaps it was the absence of the crowds due to COVID that kept her in her game. During the first day of play, she holed out from 115 yards for eagle on the par-4 15th on her first nine, with the ball flying into the hole.
While Tavatanakit won the tournament, Ko’s play was equally electrifying. As Golf Magazine noted, “Lydia Ko might not have taken home the Dinah Shore trophy, but her final round at Mission Hills will still be talked about for years to come.”
Nanna Koerstz Madsen (66), Sei Young Kim (66), Nelly Korda (66) and Shanshan Feng (69) tied for third at 11 under. World No.1 Jin Young Ko tied for seventh with Ally McDonald and Inbee Park. The 2020 defending champion Mirim Lee finished tied for ninth.
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