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Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 23:27 GMT 00:27 UK
Koch pips McKay to title
Carin Koch celebrates her win with caddy and husband Stephen
Koch celebrates with caddy and husband Stephen
Sweden's Carin Koch fired a six-under-par 66 to beat Scotland's Mhairi McKay and claim her first LPGA title at the Corning Classic.

Koch began the round two strokes behind McKay but finished at 18-under 270 to claim a two-stroke victory in New York.

McKay's final round of 70, including a six at the 17th, left her in a tie for second place with Koch's compatriot Maria Hjorth, who shot 69.

Koch continued the success of foreign players on American soil this year, becoming the 13th player from outside the US to win in 15 events.

She had claimed her first professional victory last year at the Chrysler Open on the European Tour, and sank the winning putt to clinch Europe's victory in the Solheim Cup.

Koch, caddied by her husband Stephen, said: "I'm not sure if it's hit me yet.

"It will take a while. It's really more of a feeling of relief than I thought it was going to be.

'Calm and patient'

"Winning in Europe last year helped me know I could do that on the last day.

"I think that and the Solheim Cup, when it came down to my match on the last day, helped me knowing that if I stay calm and patient, I can do it as well as someone else."

Two-time champion Rosie Jones and South Korea's Grace Park finished three shots back after returning a 66 and 67 respectively.

Mhairi McKay
McKay's double bogey cost her the title
McKay made three birdies on the front nine before taking a bogey on the 158-yard 11th.

She got back the stroke with a two-putt birdie on the 465-yard 12th but found trouble on the par-four 17th.

Her drive went out of bounds and after her provisional ball found sand she eventually carded a double-bogey six.

She finished with a chip-in for birdie on the par-four 18th.

"I think I gave myself plenty of opportunities," McKay said. "I had a lot of really good putts that didn't go in, and then one bad swing on 17.

"But I felt pretty good about myself out there. I think I pushed Carin the whole way."

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