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Ko, 15, wins New Zealand Women's Open

Amateur Lydia Ko, 15, continues to defy her tender years and clinched her third professional victory on Sunday in her native land at the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday.

Capping a simply stupefying period that totals a year and change, Ko became the youngest player, male or female, to win a professional tournament (New South Wales Open), the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour (Canadian Open), and now - and perhaps more meaningful for the teen - a professional event in the country she calls home.

"It was a pretty good day out there, and I'm pretty excited to have my name on this trophy,'' she said. ''I didn't cry at the Canadian Open, so I've got no idea why I cried here. I guess it meant more.

''It's our national open, so to win it means a lot. I'm not the sort of person who shows expression or feelings that much but I guess I did here.''

Ko, who is Korean-born, notched at 206 in the three round event at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch, in the southern island. American Amelia Lewis finished as runner-up a stroke behind with a 6-under 66 for 207.

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