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Ko fifth at LPGA Classic in Canada

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/09/2016

CAMBRIDGE, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off on the 3rd hole during the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club on September 4, 2016 in Cambridge, Canada. © (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) CAMBRIDGE, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off on the 3rd hole during the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club on September 4, 2016 in Cambridge, Canada. New Zealand's Lydia Ko couldn't apply the finishing touch as she settled for a fifth-placed finish at the latest LPGA Tour event in Canada.

After struggling to find her best for much of the week, world No.1 Ko surged into contention on the final day of the LPGA Classic in Cambridge Ontario with an eagle on the par-five 12th hole to climb within a shot of the lead.

However, she parred the six remaining holes at The Whistling Bear course to shoot a four-under 68 and finish on 14-under, two behind first-time LPGA winner Caroline Masson of Germany.

World No.87 Masson was a stroke clear of Frenchwoman Karine Icher, Australian Minjee Lee and Korean Mi Hyang Lee.

Ko finished alongside world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who was pursuing a third successive win which would have lifted her ahead of the Kiwi in the Tour's lucrative points standings.

After a lacklustre start to the tournament - Ko toyed with the cut line through most of the first two rounds - the 19-year-old sizzled with a 64 on day three to climb within four shots of the lead with a round to play.

She dropped back outside the top-20 early on Sunday following bogeys on the fourth and seventh holes before finding her touch with three successive bogeys and her eagle to pick up five shots in five holes.

It was the last LPGA Tour event before the year's final major, the Evian Championship beginning in France on September 15 where Ko will seek to defend her title.

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