Lydia Ko slips to tie for 29th in Palm Springs

BEN STANLEY, IN PALM SPRINGS
Last updated 11:39 07/04/2014

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New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has finished her first major as a professional carding two-over at the Kraft Nabisco Championship today.

Ko, who started the day at even-par in a tie for 27th, shot a two-over 74 in her final round - her worst of the tournament. It meant she was tied for 29th when she finished at Mission Hills Country Club near Palm Springs, California.

The 16-year-old made a bogey on the third hole to slip to one-over overall through her first nine, then dropped a further two shots heading back to the clubhouse, with bogeys on the 14th and 15th. A birdie on the 18th hole clawed one shot back.

Today was Ko's best day on the greens overall, making 28 putts, four less than yesterday.

However, her ability to make only eight from 18 greens in regulation meant birdie chances were limited.

Ko said her final round was affected by winds that whipped across the course for the majority of the day.

"Today was really tough," Ko said.

"Our front nine was really windy. We were hitting a lot of hybrids on to the greens.

"In those kind of winds, it's hard to make a lot of birdies out there. Overall the experience here was really good."

At 14-under, Lexi Thompson held the tournament lead as Ko ended her round, looking set for victory in the first major of the LPGA season.

The American was five shots clear of her nearest rivals, fellow American and playing partner, Michelle Wie and South Korean veteran Se Ri Park, through nines holes.

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