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Ko hangs tough in wind for sixth

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/04/2016

Lydia Ko bogeyed four of her opening seven holes but still managed to finish in a share of sixth place at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

Starting the final day eighth, six shots behind leader Haru Nomura of Japan, the world No.1 dropped a shot on the opening hole and repeated the dose on the fourth, fifth and seventh holes, to card a four-over front nine.

Things improved on the back nine for the 19-year-old Swinging Skirts defending champion, with a birdie on the par three 12th to lighten a run of eight pars for a final round total of three-over 75.

Ko's four-round total of one-under 287 gave her a share of sixth place with four others.

Australian Women's Open champion Nomura defied strong winds to close with a one-over 73 in wind gusting to 56km/h at Lake Merced.

Her nine-under-par 279 gave the 23-year-old a four-stroke win over South African Lee-Anne Pace.

It was Nomura's second LPGA Tour win following her Australian Women Open victory at The Grange in Adelaide in February, when she shot a closing 65 to beat Ko by three strokes.

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