Golf: Lydia Ko scores a credible fifth-place finish at the season-ending LPGA event in Florida

Lydia Ko has finished a credible fifth place at the season-ending LPGA event in Florida.

The Kiwi golfer carded a three-under 69, to finish the tournament at 11-under, tied with American Lexi Thompson, seven shots back from winner and world No.1 Jin-Young Ko of South Korea. 

Ko jumped six spots on the final day, sinking three birdies in a bogey-free round for the world No.39, who is starting to show glimpses of the form that made her the best women's golfer in the world as a teenager. 

The result means Ko has 12 top 10 finishes in her last 16 tournaments, although she remains winless on the tour for more than two years.

Jin-young Ko used a string of late birdies to pull away from the chasing pack and claim a clinical five-shot victory in the CME Group Tour Championship.

Ko, who began the day one shot back of defending champion and compatriot Kim Sei-young, carded a closing six-under-par 66, that brought her to 18-under on the week.

Jin-Young Ko
Jin-Young Ko Photo credit: Getty

England's Hannah Green (67) and Kim (72) finished in a share of second place, one shot clear of American Mina Harigae (68).

Ko birdied two of her first six holes and shook off a bogey at the ninth, before making a move at the par-three 12th, where she rattled off the first of three consecutive birdies to pad her lead and then added two more over her final three holes.

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