Lydia Ko's First Pro LPGA Win Sends Her to No. 2

Korean-New Zealander Lydia Ko earned her first professional title on the U.S. LPGA Tour on Sunday, just six months after turning pro. She climbed two spots in the world rankings to No. 2 after Park In-bee.

Six birdies and three bogeys saw Ko card a final round 3-under 69 to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California with a total of 12-under 276. She finished one stroke ahead of American Stacy Lewis to claim $270,000 at the $1.8-million event.

Lydia Ko poses with her trophy after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California on Sunday. /AP-Newsis Lydia Ko poses with her trophy after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

Jenny Shin came third at 10-under and Park In-bee finished tied for fourth at six-under.

Including her two victories as an amateur at the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2012 and 2013 it was Ko's third win overall on the LPGA Tour.

She also claimed the KLPGA Tour Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taiwan last December just 47 days after turning pro.

The San Francisco tournament was her ninth on the U.S. Tour this season.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 29, 2014 09:21 KST