Golf: Lydia Ko banks another top 10 finish on LPGA Tour

By Niall Anderson

Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty
Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty

Lydia Ko has recorded her third consecutive top 10 finish on the LPGA Tour, finishing in a share of eighth at the Founders Cup in Arizona.

Ko finished the tournament at 20-under par in a supremely low-scoring event in which 59 golfers finished at 10-under or better.

The world number one's third round of 63 vaulted her temporarily into second spot, but she was surpassed by a slew of low scores to go into the final day in a share of seventh.

A bogey-free four-under par final round was solid but unspectacular as Ko couldn't keep up with the pace set by Anna Nordqvist, who won the tournament by two shots at a scintillating 25-under par.

World number two Ariya Jutanugarn finished second, but still trails Ko in the world rankings by a significant margin.

Ko has found some consistency after a tumultuous end to 2016 which saw her change her coach, caddie and clubs.

After winning four times on the LPGA Tour in the span of five months in 2016, Ko hasn't claimed an LPGA title since July, and went 175 days without finishing better than tenth on the Tour.

Recent events have been better for the 19-year-old, whose last three tournaments have resulted in finishes of eighth, ninth and eighth.

Fellow Kiwi Danny Lee has also found some form on the PGA Tour, claiming a share of 17th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Lee started his 2017 season with four missed cuts, a withdrawal and a tie for 41st, but finished in tied 22nd last week at the Valspar Championship.

He followed up that improved showing with a final round five-under 67 this morning to leap 39 spots on the leaderboard and claim his first top 20 finish since November.

Lee jumps back into the top 100 in the world rankings, in 98th, but is not currently qualified for the Masters, where he finished 17th last year.

- NZ Herald

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