In-form Lydia Ko finishes fourth at LPGA event

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 07:30 09/06/2014
Lydia Ko
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ON FIRE: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko performed strongly at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Canada.

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Lydia Ko continued her strong form on the LPGA Tour, but she was no match for recently ousted world No 1 Inbee Park in Waterloo, Ontario.

Ko shot a five-under 66 in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic to move to 16-under for the tournament and finished in a tie for fourth.

And while the 17-year-old world No 3 played well, Park was in sublime form recording five birdies on the front nine and five more on the back nine to shoot a tournament low 10-under 61. Park finished the event at 23-under par.

Park had been world No 1 for 59 weeks, but lost that title to Stacy Lewis last week.

The Korean's three-shot win today wasn't enough for her to regain the No 1 spot.

On another low scoring day in Canada, Ko needed to start well to push the leaders.

She started the final day in a tie for fifth having raced up the leaderboard on Sunday with a seven-under 64. 

She parred the first four holes at the Grey Silo course then kick-started her round with an eagle three - her first of the tournament.

Ko turned in two under and picked up three further shots on the back nine.

Park beat out American Cristie Kerr (-20) by three shots while overnight leader Shanshan Feng was along in third place at 18-under.

Lewis remains the world No 1 after finishing tied for sixth, one shot behind Ko.

Ko's fourth place finish at the $1.76m tournament will lift her from sixth in the order of merit race to fifth.

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