Jin Young Ko wins Evian title for second major this season

Jin Young Ko wins Evian title for second major this season

Former Wake Forest star Jennifer Kupcho ties for second, two shots back

Graham Dunbar AP Sports Writer
image (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
South Korea's Jin Young Ko gives a fist pump after a crucial birdie on the 17th hole in the final round of the Evian Championship.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Jin Young Ko clinched her second major title of the season, firing a final-round 4-under 67 in the rain Sunday to win the Evian Championship by two shots with a 15-under total of 269.

Winner of the season's first major, the ANA Inspiration in April, Ko closed out the victory after playing partner and longtime leader Hyo Joo Kim lost control with a triple bogey at the par-3 14th.

Ko took the two-shot lead she was given and added a birdie at the par-4 No. 17 to hold off strong finishes by American rookie Jennifer Kupcho (66) and Shanshan Feng (68).

The 24-year-old South Korean played the par-5 18th with a two-shot cushion and no drama. Kim (73) made a birdie to join a three-way tie for second.

The winner's check of $615,000 lifted second-ranked Ko atop the LPGA money list with almost $2 million in earnings this season.

Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park (75) struggled with her putting in falling into a tie for sixth at 10 under.

A final round played in steady rain ended in fading light at 7:35 p.m. local time. The start was delayed for two hours to prepare the Evian Resort Golf Club course after overnight downpours.

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