Lydia Ko struggles in third round of first major

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Last updated 13:22 06/04/2014
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MIDDLE OF THE FIELD: Kiwi Lydia Ko sits in a tie for 30th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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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.

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- Fairfax Media

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