Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit managed to hold her nerve despite a historic round by Lydia Ko to win the ANA Inspiration. Ko piled on the pressure with a 10 under 62, the lowest round shot in a women’s major ever. 21-year-old Tavatanakit managed to hold her nerve claiming her first LPGA Tour success this year. Tavatanakit closed with a four-under 68 – her fourth round in the 60s after a 66, 69 and 67 – to finish on 18-under 270, two ahead of Ko.
Tavatankit’s range from the tee has been a feature throughout the tournament averaging 323 yards over the past four days. She didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the final round despite the birdie barrage from Ko. Ko birdied the 10th, 12th and 15th holes to move two behind the leader. She could only par the next 3 holes to equal the course record set by Lorena Ochoa in 2016.
Tavatanakit, who took the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond before receiving the trophy, insisted afterwards she had not been aware of Ko’s charge. “I had no idea,” she said. “Didn’t look at the leaderboard at all today just because I wanted to play my own game, which I did, and did a really good job of that today.”
“I just kept hitting good shots, my putts were rolling well. Just didn’t read it well today. Overall I feel I stuck to my game plan, I overcame the adversity out there. It was tough mentally and I just feel like it was a lot going on and I feel I handled it pretty well.” she added.