New Zealand amateur, 15, becomes youngest champion in LPGA Tour history

Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women’s Open at Coquitlam, British Columbia, on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion.

The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory. She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.

Ko, who also won the U.S. Women’s Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland, finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club. She pulled away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine.

Inbee Park shot a 69 to finish second.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Scotland’s Paul Lawrie shot a 4-under 68 to wrap up a four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Lawrie finished at 16-under 272 for his second win this season and the eighth of his career. Brett Rumford (68) of Australia was second.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Wash., beating Mark O’Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Playing the par-5 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, Blake tapped in for birdie after O’Meara’s 15-foot putt missed on the low side of the hole. Blake and O’Meara also birdied the hole in regulation for matching 4-under 68s that left them tied at 10-under 206.


FIELD HOCKEY: Abby Barker scored twice to power Michigan State (1-1) to a 3-1 victory over Maine (0-2) at Orono.

Cassidy Svetek scored her first goal for the Black Bears, assisted by fellow freshman Nicole Sevey.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Maine (1-2) was held to one shot in a 3-0 loss to Connecticut (2-1) at Storrs, Conn.


INDYCAR: Ryan Briscoe got past Penske teammate Will Power after a pit stop and held off the two-time defending race champion at Sonoma, Calif., for his first victory since 2010.

After Power led for most of the race, Briscoe slipped into position for his seventh career victory when Power got caught in traffic following a scary crash involving Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden. Both drivers apparently avoided serious injury when Bourdais lost control on cold tires and slammed Newgarden into a protective barrier.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City twice came from behind for a 2-2 draw at Liverpool, with Carlos Tevez scoring a late equalizer.


WNBA: Epiphanny Prince scored 15 points and the Chicago Sky snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 82-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun at Uncasville, Conn.

— From staff and news services