DALY CITY -- Lydia Ko had a pretty remarkable 17th birthday week at Lake Merced Golf Club.
The budding star overcame Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin on Sunday to land her first LPGA Tour title as a professional in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
Ko of New Zealand had a 72-hole total of 12-under 276, capped by final-round 3-under 69. The tour rookie, who won $270,000, prevailed by a shot over third-round leader Lewis and by two over the fast-closing Shin.
But the golf was only part of Ko's fun. Fans sang "Happy Birthday" to her on Thursday, the day she was featured on TIME magazine's "100 most influential people list."
"Normally, there would be a Sweet 16, but I would say it's Sweet 17," Ko said of the landmarks. "No, it was great. I don't think I could have any better (of a) birthday week."
She savored the fact that her dad, who goes by GH, came out to watch her play for the second time on the tour.
The final day had plenty of drama and sunny skies at the weather-plagued event that endured a fog delay Thursday and a rain delay Friday.
Michelle Wie shot a second straight 71 and tied for ninth at 286.
Juli Inkster, the Los Altos resident and Hall of Famer, shot a 72 and finished at 294, a stroke behind Pleasanton native Paula Creamer, who also closed with a 72.
Ko now has six wins on four pro tours, but four were as an amateur.
Interestingly, she's won a Swinging Skirts Classic twice. Her first win as a pro came at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA event in December. Swinging Skirts is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of golf.
"Yeah, definitely something's going on," she joked of the Swinging Skirts double. "No, I have been getting a lot of support from the Swinging Skirts team. ... They're a great group of people, and it was a great golf course to win it."
Lewis, like Ko, birdied the par-5 18th hole, but it was Ko's finish that had everyone buzzing. After yanking her second shot into the deep rough, she calmly hit her approach 6 feet from the pin and sank the putt. No big deal.
Shin just missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 and settled for her second consecutive 68.
Lewis had a great view of Ko's handiwork, having been paired with her for four consecutive days.
"I expected her to do exactly what she did today," said Lewis, who closed with a 71. "She was a little erratic on the front nine and made some bogeys and birdies. Her best quality is that whenever she needs to make a shot or needs to make a putt, she does. It's pretty hard to beat someone when they do that."
Ko's birdie on 18 followed her first-class par-save on 17, when she negotiated a tricky downhill chip. Ko, who had six birdies and three bogeys, also chipped to within a foot on the par-5 ninth and made birdie.
With the win, Ko moved to No. 2 in the world rankings behind Inbee Park. Lewis stayed at No. 3.
Inkster gave the inaugural event high marks. "They've only had five or six months to put this thing on, and they've done a phenomenal job," she said.
Player Scores Par
Lydia Ko 68-71-68-69 -- -12
S. Lewis 69-69-68-71 -- -11
Jenny Shin 68-74-68-68 -- -10
Inbee Park 73-68-73-68 -- -6
M. Wie 72-72-71-71 -- -2
S. Pettersen 70-72-79-70 -- +3
K. Webb 74-73-72-73 -- +4
P. Creamer 76-72-73-72 -- +5
Juli Inkster 73-74-75-72 -- +6
M. Pressel 69-76-79-76 -- +12