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Improved Ko notches second-places finish

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017

© Christian Petersen/Getty Images Lydia Ko has produced her best golf of a stuttering season to finish in a share of second place at the LPGA tournament in Hawaii.

World No.1 Ko sizzled with a closing eight-under 64 to surge from her overnight seventh placing at the Lotte Championship, signing her tournament card at 17-under.

That tally was only bettered by American Cristie Kerr, who shot 20-under to snare a 19th LPGA title.

The Kiwi teenager mixed nine birdies with one bogey, completing a fine weekend which began with a 65 on Saturday.

It was her best finish of the season and her fourth in the top-10, although some of her other outings in 2017 have been well below her usual high standards.

Having sunk to 85th after an opening 73 on Thursday, her recovery at the Ko Olina course in Oahu was rapid and highly promising.

She found her rhythm on the fairways and nailed a succession of challenging putts, elements of her game which have been off-key during a title drought which stretches back to July.

Playing her last tournament as a teenager, Ko ensured she will retain the top ranking into her 20s.

The two players pushing hardest for top spot - Korean world No.2 So Yeon Ryu and third-ranked Thai Aryia Jutanugarn - finished sixth and seventh, both within two shots of Ko.

The LPGA Tour takes a week's break before resuming in Irving, Texas.

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