Lydia Ko in top ten finish at LPGA opener

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 11:18 27/01/2014
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STRONG FINISH: Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot during round two of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club course in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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TOP TEN SPOT: Lydia Ko finished in a tie for fourth position in the Bahamas.

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Lydia Ko has finished the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Bahamas Classic with a birdie-laden 68 and secured a top-10 finish at the US$1.3 million (NZ$1.56m) tournament.

The 16-year-old started the day five shots behind third round leader Na Yeon Choi at 10-under and in a tie for eighth, but the scoring at the Ocean Club Golf Course was again low, stopping Ko’s push for what would have been a third LPGA title and second title since turning professional late last year.

She still shot a bogey-free, five-under to finish the tournament at -15 and in a four-way tie for seventh.

Ko managed just one birdie – and 10 pars – from her first 11 holes before she got her putter going on the back nine.

She birdied 12, 14, 15 and 18 on the way home to ensure a handy pay-day.

The tournament was won by American Jessica Korda at 19-under after she birdied the last to beat countrywoman and world no 3 Stacey Lewis by a single shot.

Korda and Lewis two of five players to shoot seven-under 66s in a low scoring final day in the Caribbean.

Ko and a handful of other players will now make the long journey back to this part of the world as Ko aims to defend her New Zealand Open title which she won last year as a 15-year-old.

The 54-hole New Zealand Women’s Open, begins this Friday at Christchurch’s Clearwater Golf Course.

LEADERBOARD
Jessica Korda (USA) -19
Stacey Lewis (USA) -18
Pornanong Phatlum (THA) -16
Paula Creamer (USA) -16
Lizette Salas (USA) -16
Na Yeon Choi (KOR) -16
Sandra Gal (GER) -15
Christel Boeljon (NED) -15
LYDIA KO (NZL) -15
PK Kongkrpahan (THA) -15

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