Thursday , June 24 2021

LPGA Tour: Lydia Ko ends tied for eighth place, six shots behind the winner



Kiwi Lydia Ko pocketed $ 42,000 for her top 10 result in the last LPGA Tour event.

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Kiwi Lydia Ko pocketed $ 42,000 for her top 10 result in the last LPGA Tour event.

Lydia Ko’s rise in form continued with new swing trainer Sean Foley, achieving yet another result in the top 20 since joining in July.

Kiwi, 23, finished eighth in the Drive on Championship in Georgia on Monday morning (NZT), after shooting in a final round three under par.

The tournament was 10 strokes down, six strokes behind American winner Ally McDonald.

Ko has now achieved six results in the top 20 in nine appearances under Foley, who simplified his game, she told the media last week, before the last LPGA Tour event.

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She pocketed $ 28,273 (NZ $ 42,292) for her top 10 in Greensboro, and is expected to see a jump in her 39th ranking.

Ko needed a strong finish to reach the top 10, having mixed two bogeys with some birdies to start the last day.

She was then spot free on the final 14 holes, hitting birdies on 16 and 18 to follow her third round of four below 68.

Encouragingly, Ko hit the ball well off the tee, hitting 12 of 14 fairways.

Winner McDonald beat American colleague Danielle Kang by a stroke.

American Ally McDonald holds the winner's trophy while posing with the winner's check after winning the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship.

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American Ally McDonald holds the winner’s trophy while posing with the winner’s check after winning the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship.

She maintained the lead over the last day, hitting three consecutive birdies after making the turn.

However, it was interesting after bogeys on 13 and 17, but Kang couldn’t take the 18th to force a playoff.

On the PGA Tour, Kiwi Danny Lee ended in a 72nd tie with Tiger Woods at the ZoZo Championship, one under the card and 22 strokes behind American winner Patrick Cantlay.

Brad Kennedy, winner of the New Zealand Open in 2020, finished 41st out of 11 below.


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