Lydia Ko major victory hopes sunk by a bogey
Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko produced some final round fireworks to claim a top-five finish today in the LPGA Championship in New York.
The 17-year-old rolled in six birdies, three on the back nine, as she mounted her charge to close to one shot on the leader, American Brittney Lincicome.
But the World No 2's challenge stalled with bogey fives on the final two holes. She missed one metre putts on both par fours, signing for a two-under 70 final round. That left her third overall; her sixth top-five finish in a tournament since turning professional in April.
Ko, who has already won two titles in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, had earlier carded rounds of 70, 69 and 71 at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford to finish on 280.
She started the final round tied for fifth, four shots behind Lincicome who had a chance to win the title on the final hole. But her two-metre par putt slid by.
The missed putt meant Lincicome finished level with South Korean Inbee Park on 277, 11-under par for the 72-hole event.
The pair headed back to the par four 18th tee, with both narrowly missing the green with their seconds. Lincicome chipped first, running her ball past the pin leaving a tricky return putt. Park then chipped to within half a metre.
Lincicome's putter let her down again with the putt slipping by, while Park made no mistake with her putt to claim the year's fourth major.
The top-five finish maintained Ko's remarkable run on the LPGA Tour.
She is the only player to have won two events as an amateur, the youngest to win an event (15 years, four months and two days) and she became the youngest player to reach the $1 million mark in career earnings when she won the Marathon Classic in Ohio in July.
World No 1 Stacy Lewis had the best round on the final day. The American shot a four-under 68 to tie for sixth on 283.
A win would have been Ko's first in a major and would shoot her into the record books as the youngest person, man or woman, to win a golf major. She was 17.