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Ko shares 16th in LPGA Tour finale

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

Lydia Ko © Getty Lydia Ko Lydia Ko put a disastrous start behind her to be soundly placed after the first round of the LPGA Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

The world No.1's bid to put modest form behind her and contend for the Tour's lucrative points prize suffered a setback on the second hole when she carded a double bogey six.

The 19-year-old steadily recovered with birdies on the fifth, 10th, 14th and 17th holes at the Tiburon Golf Club to close on two-under 70, four shots behind Chinese leader Shanshan Feng.

The winner of the year's final tournament will snare $US500,000 ($NZ710,750) while the golfer at the top of the season-long points race on Sunday will earn a cheque of $US1 million.

Two-time points winner Ko was second on the standings behind Thailand playing partner and world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn when play began.

Jutanugarn shot a 72 and shares 32nd place.

If the tournament were to finish now, Feng would claim the points honours, such is the weight given to victory this week..

World No.4 Feng is unquestionably the tour's form player, having placed in the top four in her last six tournaments. That includes victories in her last two LPGA starts, in Japan and Malaysia.

Ko's round comes a day after she was in the limelight, helping the LPGA announce the Tour's first tournament in New Zealand, teeing off in Auckland in September.

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