Lydia Ko wins earthquake-hit New Zealand Open
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|New Zealand Women's Open final leaderboard|
|-10 L Ko (NZ); -8 F Johnson (Eng), HJ Choi (Kor), N Koertze Madsen (Den); -7 J Dreher (Fra)|
|Selected others: -4 G Dryburgh (Sco); -3 D Montgomery (Eng); -2 T Johnson (Eng); -1 L Davies (Eng)|
Home favourite and world number one Lydia Ko shrugged off the effects of an earthquake to win her third New Zealand Women's Open title in four years.
The 5.7-magnitude quake affected the Christchurch area about 10 minutes before the 18-year-old began play.
But she started her round on time and finished with a two-under 70.
Ko won on 10 under, two shots clear of England's Felicity Johnson, South Korean amateur Hye-Jin Choi and Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen.
"It was lucky I wasn't out there playing because I wouldn't want to be in the middle of my swing and the ball moves somewhere else," said the teenager afterwards.
"It's been a long week, a lot of emotion and a lot of people to share this amazing victory with. Especially given how much New Zealand golf has been a support to me and my career."
Ko's success follows her victories in the event in 2013 and 2015.