Oh Canada . . . Strug­gling Ko comes up short again

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT - By Niall An­der­son

Ly­dia Ko’s rough run of form has con­tin­ued on the LPGA Tour, miss­ing the cut at a tour­na­ment where she has pre­vi­ously en­joyed over­whelm­ing suc­cess.

Ko failed to make the week­end at the Cana­dian Women’s Open — a tour­na­ment she won three times, in­clud­ing twice as an ama­teur.

Ko’s Cana­dian suc­cess had trans­lated across mul­ti­ple cour­ses, but she did not find her first trip to the Ottawa Golf Club to her lik­ing.

The 20-year-old was in a solid po­si­tion af­ter an open­ing one-un­der par 70, but her sec­ond round fourover 75 saw her miss the cut by two shots.

Ko only hit seven of 13 fair­ways and just nine of 18 greens, while re­quir­ing 30 putts — most of which came on the back nine, which sunk her chances.

Af­ter sit­ting at even par through the turn, three bo­gies and a dou­ble bo­gey saw the world No 5 tum­ble down the leader­board, and ex­tended her drought to seven straight tour­na­ments with­out a top10 fin­ish.

Such a streak is com­mon­place for most, but it comes af­ter Ko had ac­crued seven top-10 fin­ishes in her pre­vi­ous 10 tour­na­ments, while her missed cut is the third of her 2017 sea­son.

Scenes were sim­i­lar for New Zealand’s other lead­ing golfer, Danny Lee, on the PGA Tour.

Lee carded rounds of 74 and 71 to miss the cut by three shots at the North­ern Trust; a tour­na­ment which dou­bles as the first event of the PGA Tour play­offs.

The tour­na­ment is led by three of the world’s best golfers, with Jor­dan Spi­eth, Rickie Fowler and Dustin John­son shar­ing the lead at six-un­der, along­side Colom­bian Jhonat­tan Ve­gas.

The top 100 golfers in the year­long FedEx Cup rank­ings qual­ify for next week’s event, and de­spite the missed cut, Lee sits 65th and will tee up next week­end at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter that event, the field con­tracts again, with the top 70 play­ers mak­ing the penul­ti­mate event, and the top 30 qual­i­fy­ing for the sea­son-end­ing de­cider.

The win­ner of the over­all play­offs will come away with US$10 mil­lion ($13.8 mil­lion).

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