Lydia Ko's Canadian three-peat bid fades fast
Lydia Ko will not win her third straight Canadian Open.
The New Zealand No 1 shot an even-par 72 at the London Hunt and Country Club on Saturday (local time) and tread water in the middle of the field while the leaders continued to shoot low.
Ko started the third round in Ontario in a tie for 24th, but dropped 10 places by staying at five-under.
Ko was consistent again, making 16 pars, but was unable to string together a run of birdies despite hitting 16 of 18 greens on moving day.
She hasn't played poorly and has dropped just four shots through 54 holes.
But it's her lack of putts and lack of birdies that have cost the 17-year-old any chance of going back-to-back-to-back in Canada.
At the top of the leaderboard was 2011 US Open champion So Yeon Ryu who made birdies for fun. While Ko made nine birdies through her opening three rounds,
Ryu made nine in her opening 18 holes. Midway through her third round she'd recorded 17 birdies total and was at 16-under par.