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Ko pipped for LPGA honours

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">World No.1 Lydia Ko has finished 11th in the season-ending Tour Championship, missing out to Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn in the race for the major LPGA honours.</span> © Sam Greenwood/Getty Images World No.1 Lydia Ko has finished 11th in the season-ending Tour Championship, missing out to Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn in the race for the major LPGA honours. Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn has pipped world No.1 Lydia Ko in the race for the LPGA's major awards of the season.

Ko needed to win the season-ending Tour Championship, in Naples, Florida to claim the LPGA's season points title and the player of the year award.

A win would have also earned Ko a $US1 million ($NZ1.42 million) bonus and a spot at the top of the LPGA's money list.

The 19-year-old New Zealander's second-round 62 at the Tiburon Golf Club had powered her into the lead at the halfway mark, but she dropped into a tie for third after carding a disappointing third-round 73.

She could only manage an even-par 72 for her final round, four birdies on the back nine not enough to offset two bogeys and a double bogey.

Ko finished in a share of 11th at 11-under for four rounds, while Jutanugarn's closing 69 was enough to lift her into a share of fourth place at 14-under.

Ko's battle with In Gee Chun for the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average came down to the last putt.

The South Korean finished her round with three straight birdies for a two-under 70 for the round and finish seventh overall, two strokes ahead of Ko, taking the trophy by just .013 points.

England's Charley Hull won the Tour Championship title with a flawless six-under final round to finish two shots clear South Korean So Yeon Ryu.

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