Lydia Ko falls out of contention at British Open

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 06:32 14/07/2014
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BLOW OUT: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko fell down the leaderboard on a treacherous final day at the British Open after carding an eight-over 80.

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Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko suffered more than most as she fell down the leaderboard on a treacherous final day at the British Open.

With winds gusting at Royal Birkdale, scoring blew out and world No 2 Ko's challenge for the title was over after she bogeyed the first three holes.

She would go on to record four more bogeys, a double bogey and notch just the one birdie - at the par-three 14th - in an eight-over par 80.

The 17-year-old, who started the final round five shots off the pace, dropped into a tie for 29th at nine-over par for the tournament.

She was 10 shots behind the winner, little known American Mo Martin, who ploughed through the carnage around her to record a stunning first major win - and first LPGA Tour win.

The 31-year-old made a brilliant eagle at the par-five 18th hole after her second shot - with a three-wood - hit the flag and settled six-feet from the hole.

That got her to even-par for the day and one-under for the tournament and it would be enough as the leaders dropped shots coming home.

Martin's even-par 72 was joint low round of the day, with all but one other player shooting over-par. And the American was the only player to end the tournament in red figures.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen and China's Shanshan Feng (both 75 today) tied for second at even-par.

Third round leader Inbee Park was fourth at one-over after a final round 77. 

Ko has two more chances - at the LPGA Championship and the Evian Championship - to become the youngest major winner (man or woman) of all time.

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