Lydia Ko at risk of missing the cut in California

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 16:16 28/03/2014
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TOUGH TOURNAMENT: Lydia Ko couldn't find her swing at the Kia Classic in California.

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Lydia Ko's had a rare off-day and is at risk of missing her first ever cut in a professional tournament.

Even as an amateur, the now 16-year-old professional has never missed a cut. She's played in 33 professional tournaments - 25 as an amateur, eight as a pro - and played the weekend every time.

She'll have to work hard to keep that record alive this week after shooting a two-over 74 at the Kia Classic in California.

At the completion of her round, Ko was seven shots behind clubhouse leader Paula Creamer and in a tie for 70th.

The top 60 and ties make the cut. Ko made nine straight pars to start the tournament - the last before her first major of the year, next week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.

But the back nine was very un-Ko-like.

She made three bogeys and just one birdie down the stretch of  the Aviara Golf Club and dropped shots on the 16th and 18th holes.

Ko's approach play and putting were both off. She hit just 11 greens in regulation and had 31 putts.

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