Lydia Ko misses her chance for world No 1 spot

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 11:12 19/05/2014
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OPPORTUNITY: A quirk in the rankings system means Lydia Ko is closer to becoming world No 1 than it appears.

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Lydia Ko has missed out on what will surely be only one of many chances to claim the world No 1 women's golf ranking.

Ko finished tied for fifth in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Virginia this morning, five shots behind winner Lizette Salas.

It was Salas' maiden professional victory.

If Ko, the world No 3, had won the NZ$1.5m tournament, she would have jumped American Stacy Lewis and Korean Inbee Park into the world's top spot.

The 17-year-old started today's final round at the River Course in a tie for third, five shots behind Salas and that's where she stayed.

Ko played a 50-hole stretch bogey free from midway through the opening round until today before a slip-up at the par-four eighth.

She birdied all three par-fives today, but a dropped shot on eight and a double bogey six on 12 meant she could only card an even par 71 and finished the tournament at eight-under.

Ko, who has already won on the LPGA Tour this year with her Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic victory last month, looks set to have a this week off and her name is not on the start sheet for the Airbus LPGA Classic in Alabama.

Meanwhile, Tim Wilkinson fired a two-under 68 at the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

That left him four-under for the NZ$8m tournament and in a tie for 24th.

The 35-year-old left hander started with a hiss and a roar at the TPC Four Seasons Resort course picking up shots on holes one, three and four after sinking putts of 43, 31 and 36 feet.

But from there Wilkinson could only manage pars - and a sole bogey on 15.

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