LPGA Tour: Rear Nine Catastrophe Sinks Lydia Ko in San Francisco US Open Third Round
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Lydia Ko’s body language sums up her third round at the Olympic club.
A disastrous comeback of nine dropped Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko in the US Open standings on Saturday (Sunday New Zealand time).
Ko started the day tied for 36th place, but was unable to progress into the third round of the major at Olympic club San Francisco as she scored a five-over of 76, leaving her at nine in a tie at 49th final on Sunday (Monday New Zealand time).
She shuffled a bogey and a birdie the night before to stay on her score of four on the night.
But things were quickly resolved in the space of four holes for the world No. 8.
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Ko bugged the 11th and 12th par fours before a double bogey on the 13th par-3. This was followed by another buggy in the 14th.
The New Zealander played the last four holes at par, but the damage had been done as she registered 41 for the last nine.
Jon Rahm had a huge lead heading into the Memorial’s final round, but he tested positive for Covid-19 and was knocked out of the tournament.
She finished 16 strokes behind leader of the United States Lexi Thompson, who heads to the final round at seven under a sublime 66, one stroke ahead of Yuka Sano of the Philippines.
Tied for third with less than three are American amateur Megha Ganne and Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea.