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Rookie Patty Tavatanakit wins first major despite Lydia Ko's record-equaling round

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand, jumps into the water after winning the LPGA's ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit held her nerve to hold off the surging Lydia Ko to win her first major at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday.

(CNN)Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit held her nerve to hold off the surging Lydia Ko to win her first major at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday.

The 21-year-old rookie, who eventually won by two strokes, went into the final day five shots ahead of the field and was blissfully unaware of her rival tearing up the course ahead of her.

Ko, who has won 15 LPGA Tour events, equaled the course record set by Lorena Ochoa in 2016 by hitting a masterful 10-under 62 on the final day but it wasn't enough to overtake the eventual winner.

"Didn't look at the leaderboard at all today," Tavatanakit said after celebrating her win by honoring tradition and jumping into the pool.

"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. "

Ranked 103rd in the world, Tavatanakit is the first rookie champion since Juli Inkster in 1984 and says it's been a "crazy" ride from her days in the amateur ranks.

Ko had recorded seven birdies and an eagle on the first 11 holes in an astonishing final round before falling agonizingly short.

She also set a new course record by hitting 29 after the first nine holes.

"I was actually thinking in my head, 'I wonder if on the coverage they are going to be like, 'Oh, Lydia Ko is back,'" she said after finishing runner-up.

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