Eun-Hee Ji cruises past Lydia Ko for Tournament of Champions win

Eun-Hee Ji cruises past Lydia Ko for Tournament of Champions win

Eun-Hee Ji cruises past Lydia Ko for Tournament of Champions win

- Lydia Ko took a share of the lead to the back nine Sunday at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, but a couple of untimely hooks into heavy wind derailed her.

Ko and Ji charged into contention by going low on the front side and parring their way home to stand on 13-under 200 after 54 holes at the Four Seasons Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., was poised to make it a three-way tie at the top until she made double bogey on the par-3 closing hole for a 70, leaving her two shots behind.

Korda posted the round of the day with a bogey-free 6-under 65, featuring four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.

The tournament was open to LPGA winners from the past two seasons, though a few South Koreans, including world No. 2 Park Sung-hyun and the reigning Rookie of the Year Ko Jin-young, skipped the event. I still hit some weird golf shots, which is fatigue, I think, more than anything. I was joking to (her caddie) Martin (Bozeic) that she could have stopped playing and me played another nine holes that maybe I would have caught up to her.

"Tomorrow with the weather forecast it will be a little trickier, but I know I've just got to be patient and continue to enjoy it", Ko said. "I'm going to say my short game helped me a lot today because I keep missing the green - and I'm not missing by two yards, I'm missing by like 10, 15 yards". But now she's won once in each of the 2017, 2018 and now 2019 seasons. She said the drought stemmed from changing her swing soon after winning the Women's Open.

The field also has a strong celebrity component, with 49 athletes and entertainers competing in a modified Stableford format for a $500,000 purse. That put her into a tie with Stacy Lewis for sixth at 8 under for the tournament. She was six shots behind. "Just really happy where things are". "I tend to play a little bit better". "I've hit some good chip shots, I've hit some good putts". Despite shutting it down for two weeks over the break while in Canada, she likes the mix she had of rest and practice when she got back to the work.

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