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Bailey Tardy of the U.S. celebrates with her trophy after winning the LPGA Blue Bay golf tournament at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club in Sanya in China's southern Hainan province on March 10. AFP-Yonhap

Bailey Tardy shot a superb seven-under-par 65 to sweep to her maiden tour victory at the Blue Bay LPGA in China by four strokes on Sunday.Tardy was in a three-way tie for the lead after Saturday’s third round at 12-under par with Lydia Ko of New Zealand and fellow American Sarah Schmelzel.An eagle-three at the eighth ignited her round and six further birdies against a lone bogey saw her stretch away from an elite field in the $2.2 million event.Tardy was in tears after finishing at 19-under par for the week.”Yeah, I mean, a lot of emotions right now,” said the 27-year-old.”A lot of hard work and just a lot of doubt that was in my head that I could be at this level and win.”This is special.”Tardy, who was a rookie last year, became the third player to earn their first LPGA Tour victory at Blue Bay on Hainan Island, joining Lee-Anne Pace (2014) and Gaby Lopez (2018).

Ko had three bogeys on her front nine and finished with a 71 for a share of fourth place.Tardy admitted she had been nervous playing with one of women’s golf’s most famous figures.”You know I played with her yesterday and I was very intimidated playing with her,” said Tardy of the former world number one and double major winner Ko.”I think I handled myself really well, and, yeah, it was like playing with a friend today almost.”She made me feel really comfortable and confident out there.”Schmelzel finished second on 15-under after a final round of 69, one stroke ahead of Japan’s Ayaka Furue who had a bogey-free 65 to finish.Top-ranked Lilia Vu of America withdrew injured before the second round at Blue Bay, opening the door for France’s Celine Boutier to become world number one.Third-ranked Boutier needed to finish solo third or better on Sunday at the Jian Lake Blue Bay course on Hainan Island but a final round 68 gave her only a share of 12th on eight-under.Boutier, 30, who won her first major last season at the Evian Championship in her native France, was second last week at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, a shot behind winner Hannah Green 카지노사이트킹 of Australia

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