Lydia Ko Secures Major Victory at 2023 Saudi Ladies International

On Sunday, February 21, 2023, world number one Lydia Ko secured a massive victory at the 2023 Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund.[0] Ko fired a final round of 68 (-4) to win by one shot, and record her second win at the prestigious event.

Ko began the day with a birdie on the first, but stumbled with a bogey on the second.[1] She recovered with a birdie on the fourth, and added three more birdies on the back nine, including a decisive putt on the 17th.[2] Her three birdies on the back nine were enough to seal victory with a total of 21-under-par.[3]

Ko has now won 26 times in her career, with seven of those wins coming on the Ladies European Tour. She has been rewarded with a NZ$1.2 million prize for her latest victory.[4] Ko had a fabulous beginning to the 2023 season, which will now take him to Thailand to compete on the LPGA Tour.[5] Since 2014, Ko has won a total of $16,695,357 USD from 205 events on the LPGA Tour.[6]

Fifteen of the world's top thirty female golfers, as ranked by the Rolex Rankings, will compete in the Saudi Ladies International, an event sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour.[7] The prize fund for the event in Saudi Arabia is now equal to $5 million for both the men's and women's tournaments[7] With a purse of $7 million, the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship is the largest in women's golf outside of the major tournaments.[7]

Aditi Ashok of India, who started the final round two shots behind the leader, shot 4-under 68 and finished 20-under at the tournament.[8] Aditi commented on her exceptional beginning to the season, “Yeah, it's been a great (start). I think 20-under on this golf course with the wind that we had on some of those days, I think it's a pretty good score.”[9]

Ko will try to increase her earnings even further in Thailand later this week to kick off the 2023 LPGA season.[6] She is only young, but if she were to win a few more games, she would surpass the impressive NZ$30 million mark in career earnings – an exceptional accomplishment.[6]

0. “World number one golfer Ko wins her second Saudi Aramco Women’s International” Al Arabiya English, 20 Feb. 2023,


2. “Golf: Kiwi Lydia Ko holds nerve to claim second Saudi Ladies International title” Newshub, 19 Feb. 2023,

3. “Lydia Ko Wins 2023 Aramco Saudi Ladies International” LPGA, 19 Feb. 2023,

4. “Ko on verge of staggering prizemoney milestone after big win” New Zealand Herald, 20 Feb. 2023,

5. “Maguire challenge fades as Ko wins Saudi International”, 19 Feb. 2023,

6. “Lydia Ko close to stunning prize money achievement after Saudi International triumph” Sportskeeda, 20 Feb. 2023,

7. “India's Aditi Ashok, already a winner in 2023, opens with a 29 to jump two ahead of Lydia Ko at Saudi Ladies …” Golfweek, 17 Feb. 2023,

8. “Aditi finishes one shot behind top ranked Lydia” News9 LIVE, 19 Feb. 2023,

9. “Aditi Ashok finishes one shot behind world No. 1 Lydia Ko” The Indian Express, 19 Feb. 2023,