Golf: Lydia Ko's closing surge ensures top 10 finish at ANA Inspiration

Lydia Ko during her final round in California
Lydia Ko during her final round in California Photo credit: Getty

Lydia Ko's resurgence at the ANZ Inspiration golf championship suggests the Kiwi golfer can still be a major force.

The former world No.1 has shot a sizzling six-under 66 at Mission Hills to finish fifth in California.

The 2016 champion was seemingly well out of contention for another Major championship, starting the day in a tie for 36th, but she blitzed the course on the final day to end on 10-under, five shots back from Miram Lee who won a three-way playoff for the title.

Ko sank seven birdies and tore up the back nine, shooting an incredible 32 to show her career revival was on track.

Without a shocking second-round 74, the 23-year-old would have been in contention for her third Major crown.

Ko is currently ranked 41st in the world, but her result this week should see her ranking surge towards the top 20.

South Korea's Lee won her first major title, topping Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, with a birdie on the extra hole in California.

She shot a five-under 67 in the final round, including three chip-ins and an eagle on the 18th, to tie on 15-under during regulation play.

"I just told myself to finish this quickly," she says.

Victory marks Lee's fourth LPGA title and her first since 2017.