New Zealand Golf Magazine

LYDIA KO FINISHES TOP TEN AGAIN

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Kiwi Lydia Ko has recovered from a horror start on the final night of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic to finish tied for 10th after a 6-under 72 while Australian Minjee Lee won the tournament following a playoff with Celine Boutier from France.

The final round of the event was held completely under lights at the Emirates Golf Club and Ko got off to a horrible start shooting five bogeys on the front nine to be well out of contention as she turned for home.

Her back nine improved with three birdies and no bogeys to finish 4 shots from the leaders.

After shooting a 4-under par 68 on the opening day, she followed up with a round of only one bogey and three birdies on the second day to finish with a 2-under 70 and an overall score of 6-under.

The Moonlight Classic is somewhat of a novelty on any tour. It is a bit of a coup for the Ladies European Tour to have Ko in the field at Dubai where daytime temperatur­es are in the vicinity of 33 degrees each day of the event.

The two-times major winner showed fascinatio­n with the day-night concept of the event, where shotgun starts mean half the field compete under floodlight­s each day at the Emirates Club.

“This is a unique event,” Ko said to The Guardian. “I haven’t seen anything like this before and I have always wanted to visit Dubai.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have opportunit­ies before but time-wise it has never worked. I’m excited to have found the perfect time to come here, enjoy the golf course and enjoy Dubai.

Ko used a local caddy to help with the “green reading feels” which she hasn’t had much trouble with after looking at some of her putts.

“You have to be very focused because you aren’t playing under sun where you can just hit the ball out there. You just have to keep it straight so it’s within the floodlit line and beyond that, trust your game and your swing.”

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Ko heads back to the US now to finish the year off on the LPGA Tour with the US Open and Tour Championsh­ips in mid December.

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