Lydia Ko has chance for clean slate back in US

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 17/07/2014
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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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Lydia Ko won't have to wait long for a chance to shake off the worst round of her professional career.

The 17-year-old world No 2 fired an eight-over 80 in the final round of last week's Women's British Open to finish in a tie for 29th.

Ko wasn't the only player who suffered in the blustery conditions as Mo Martin won the third women's major of the year. That the Kiwi still finished inside the top 30 was testament to her earlier rounds, which meant she started the final round on one-over, just five off the lead.

Ko, Martin and most of the LPGA Tour's other top players have returned to the US this week and overnight play in the first round of the $1.6m Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Ko, yet to win a major, but in with a chance in the final two this year to become the youngest golfer, male or female, ever to win one, tees off at 5.10am (NZ time) tomorrow.

She's been paired with Na Yeon Choi and Cristie Kerr, both major winners.

Ko currently sits third on the LPGA Tour's order of merit, the Race to CME Global, behind world No 1 Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie. She's comfortably the top rookie.

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