Lydia Ko struggles in third round of first major
BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS
Kiwi Lydia Ko has finished her third round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship near Palm Springs, California today, carding a solid - but largely frustrating - one-over 73.
The round leaves the Auckland teenager in a tie for 28th, sitting at even-par overall for the tournament.
The 16-year-old notched a bogey on the course's first hole, and another on the 14th, with her putting game problems continuing on from yesterday.
Ko claimed a birdie on the 18th to peg a shot back, but was largely frustrated by her round at the Mission Hills Country Club.
"I wasn't hitting it as close and I didn't give myself many birdie putts," she told Fairfax Media.
"I wasn't hitting it that good. I was putting it too short, and when you putt it short, there's no chance of going in the hole.
"I was thinking 'oh man, I don't want to have a birdie-free day'. You'd rather have a bogey-free day than a birdie-free day, so lucky I made that birdie on the last."
Americans Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie sat at the top of the leader board at the end of the third round, at ten-under.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship is Ko's first major as a professional. She would become the youngest major winner in golf history if she were to win it - a prospect that seems unlikely at this stage with the Kiwi ten shots off the lead.
- Fairfax Media
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