Golf: Kiwi Lydia Ko clinches second place at LPGA event in Florida

  • 01/03/2021

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has secured a share of second place at the LPGA event in Florida on Monday (NZ time).

Ko shot three-under through the fourth and final round at Gainbridge to end at 13-under overall, tied with American Lexi Thompson and three shots back from winner Nelly Korda.

The 23-year-old was atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds of play, before slipping back to third at the end of round three.

After a shaky start to her final round, Ko appeared to be well out of contention, bogeying the par-four 10th to fall seven shots off the pace. 

But a spectacular run of four consecutive birdies through the back nine lifted her back into the hunt, highlighted by a long-range gem of a putt on the 13th.

That streak ended at the 16th hole, where she was unable to drain another monster putt to keep her in touch with Korda, settling for a par to essentially end her hopes of victory. 

While the result isn't enough to snap Ko's three-year title drought, it's surely an encouraging dose of confidence for the former world No.1 to begin her 2021 schedule.