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Ko ninth as main rivals shine in Singapore

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017

Lydia Ko is still searching for her best after being overrun by her arch rivals in the final round of the LPGA Women's Champions tournament in Singapore.

Holding second place heading into the final round, Ko could only manage an even-par 72 while others thrived on a low-scoring day at Sentosa Golf Club.

The world No.1 from New Zealand remained planted on 12-under, which was seven short of the tally achieved by Korean winner Inbee Park.

Former world No.1 Park closed with a sizzling 64 to head off current second-ranked golfer Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand (66) by one stroke.

Ko's putting let her down regularly, nailing just two birdies in her final round, mirrored by two bogeys.

It was a disappointing finish after opening rounds of 69, 68 and 67 which threatened to lift her to a first title since last July.

She has at least lodged consecutive top-10 finishes after placing eighth last week in Thailand.

Park rattled off eight birdies in the space of 10 holes midway through her round, sinking numerous long putts in the process.

"My putting was amazing today, obviously," the seven-time major winner said.

"Pretty much everything I looked at, it wanted to drop in. This was one of my best putting days ... I was just in that zone."

The 28-year-old took six months off shortly after winning Rio Olympic gold to recover from a thumb injury and was playing only her second event.

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