Evian, France: Lydia Ko won the 2015 Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club to become the youngest Major winner in the history of women’s golf at 18 years, four months and 20 days old.
Ko, who began the final round two strokes off the lead, birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a final round 63. Ko’s 72-hole total of 16-under 268 secured a six-shot victory over fellow Rolex Testimonee Lexi Thompson at the spectacular Alpine setting.
Ko became the youngest winner of the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2014 and the youngest ever golfer to reach number one in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings in February 2015.
Playing alongside Ko in the final group, Thompson carded a final round 70 to finish in second place. Meanwhile Leona Maguire, qualifying through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, earned low amateur honours finishing tied for 34th on 286.
Since 2000, Rolex has been involved with The Evian Championship as Official Timekeeper, supporting the event as it advanced to its Major status in 2013.
Rolex’s long-standing association with women’s golf extends to a host of partnerships at both amateur and elite level. Among others, the Swiss watchmaker supports four women’s Majors as Official Timekeeper, as well as the Solheim Cup which takes place from September 18-20 at Golf Club St Leon Rot, Germany.
Rolex and The Evian Championship’s commitment to emerging talent continues when the resort welcomes leading under-14 golfers for the Evian Championship Juniors Cup on September 15-16.
Eight years before becoming the Masters and US Open champion in the same year, Rolex Testimonee Jordan Spieth finished eighth in the event as a 14-year-old.