Patty Tavatanakit holds off Lydia Ko to win ANA Inspiration

Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit steered a steady course to hold off charging Lydia Ko and win the ANA Inspiration on Sunday, making her first LPGA title a major championship.

Patty, 21, started the day with a five-shot lead and fired a four-under par 68 at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

Her 18-under total of 270 put her two strokes in front of New Zealand's former world number one Ko -- who stormed from eight adrift with a sensational 10-under 62 for 272.

Patty, who played collegiate golf at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, padded her overnight cushion with a chip-in eagle at the par-five second and picked up another stroke at the eighth.

Ko, meanwhile, was surging up the board, picking up three shots in the first two holes with an opening birdie and an eagle at the second.

Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit on the way to a two-stroke triumph in the ANA Inspiration, first LPGA major championship of 2021

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