Lydia Ko off the mark as a professional with win in Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters

Last Updated: 08/12/13 8:13pm

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Lydia Ko: Off the mark with victory in Taiwan

Lydia Ko: Off the mark with victory in Taiwan

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Teenage star Lydia Ko claimed her first win since turning professional in the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taiwan.

Ko, 16, closed with a four-under 68 at the Linkou Miramar Golf & Country Club in New Taipei to win by three strokes from overnight leader So Yeon Ryu.

Ryu's game fell apart in the final round as she could only manage a 73.

World No 1 Inbee Park filled third spot after closing with a 70.

Ko was only starting her second tournament since leaving the amateur ranks, tying for 21st place in the LPGA Titleholders last month.

"I didn't know I'd do it this quickly," Ko said. "I'm just so fortunate to do it at such a great tournament. I was nervous, but I just said to myself, 'Concentrate on your game.'"

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