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Ko slides to 10th on final day in Michigan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/06/2017
Lydia Ko hits her tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic. © Stacy Revere/Getty Images Lydia Ko hits her tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

A poor start to her final round proved costly for Lydia Ko, who sunk to a 10th-place finish at the Meijer Classic in Michigan.

New Zealand world No.2 Ko completed a rollercoaster return to the LPGA Tour following a three-week break, closing with a 68 to follow rounds of 65, 71 and 64.

Her third round had lifted her to seventh and four shots off the pace.

However, bogeys on the second and third holes on Sunday effectively ended her title hopes.

She recovered quickly with birdies on three of the next five holes but was even-par for the remainder.

The tournament was won by Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson, who finished two strokes clear of Americans Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Ko's 85-week reign as world No.1 ended last week when Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario.

Jutanugarn finished three strokes behind Ko in a share of 22nd.

Ko will defend her title at the Tour's next event, the NW Arkansas, which is a lead-in to the year's second major - the Women's PGA Championship in Illinois.

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