Golf: Ko finishes fifth in Virginia

Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. Photo / AP
Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. Photo / AP

New Zealand's Lydia Ko has claimed another top five finish on the LPGA Tour despite an up-and-down final round at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

Ko fired a final round even-par 71, her worst score of the tournament, on a day that included three birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish at eight-under.

It is Ko's third top-five finish of the LPGA season. Ko earned US$48,832 (NZ$56,544) for the fifth placing, taking her season earnings to US$505,212 (NZ$585,000).

At one point Ko held outright second before falling back in the field after dropping two shots on the par four 12th.

American overnight leader Lizette Salas carded a final round 71 to win her first LPGA title by four shots ahead of Australian Sarah Jane Smith, Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei and American Lexi Thompson.

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