Kiwi Lydia Ko finishes strongly at US Open

Last updated 15:26 01/07/2013

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World No 1 amateur Lydia Ko climbed the leaderboard in the final round of the US Open Championship in New York, carding an even par 72, to finish in a share of 36th place.

The 16-year-old had rounds of 72, 76 and 79 at the Sebonack Golf Club to be in a share of 51st place, heading into the final round.

She was able to jump 15 places in the final round, but it was not good enough to secure the leading amateur honours for the fifth time in a major. 

The World No 16 finished on a 11-over-par four round total, to be two shots back from American Cassie Cathrea, who came home strong with a two-under-par 70 to claim the low amateur title.

Ko, who had aspirations of becoming the youngest major champion in history, finished 19 shots back from World No 1 Inbee Park who created history by winning the first three major championships of the year. 

The South Korean was only the second player in the history of the LPGA Tour to achieve that feat and the first in the modern era. 

Ko did keep alive her perfect record of never missing a cut in 21 professional tournaments since she made her debut in a pro event at the NZ Women's Open in 2010.

Her next events are the Kumho Tyre Ladies Open in China (July 6-9) and the Mathoton LPGA Classic in Toledo, Ohio (July 27-30), ahead of the British Open in August.

Meanwhile, New Zealand No 1 Michael Hendry has secured his best finish on the Japan Golf Tour, early in the 2013 season.

The 33-year-old North Harbour professional shot rounds of 70, 68, 70 and 70 for a 10-under-par 278 total at the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open to claim a share of sixth place.

Danny Lee finished up tied for 26th at the United Championship Leasing event on the Web.com tour in Indiana yesterday. He shot a 1-under-par 287 total.

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