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Kiwi Lydia Ko found the going tough during her final round of the US Open in Texas on Tuesday.
Kiwi Lydia Ko faded in the final round of the US Open on Tuesday with a five-over 76 seeing her finish 13th, eight shots off winner A Lim Kim of Korea.
Lim Kim birdied the final three holes to secure a record-tying comeback to win U.S. Women’s Open in her debut. She finished one shot ahead of compatriot Jin Young Ko and American Amy Olsen, on three-under.
Lim Kim had started the final round five shots off the lead in ninth place.
Ko, who started the delayed final round tied fifth, had five bogeys and 13 pars in the final round at Cypress Creek Golf Course in Houston.
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Ko’s second and most recent major was in 2016. For all that, 2020 has been something of a return to form for the former World No 1.
In the final major of the pandemic-disrupted year in sports, Lim KIm won wearing a mask.
Starting the final, frigid round at Champions Golf Club five shots behind, the 25-year-old South Korean wore a heavy down jacket between shots.
Kim became the seventh player to rally from five shots behind in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open, and the first since Annika Sorenstam at The Broadmoor in 1995.
Olson held her own amid the grief of learning her father-in-law died unexpectedly in North Dakota on Saturday night. She was in tears Sunday morning on the range, before rain pushed the final round to Monday.
Olson, winless in seven years on the LPGA Tour, had a two-shot lead on the back nine after 54-hole leader Hinako Shibuno faltered.
But she couldn’t do anything about Kim’s late charge, and Olson fell back when her hybrid on the par-3 16th bounded over the green and into thick, brown rough, leading to bogey.
She birdied the final hole for a 72 after Kim had already secured the title.
Ko, the No. 1 player in the world who only recently returned from South Korea where she rode out the COVID-19 pandemic, also birdied the 18th when it was too late to catch Kim. Ko closed with a 68, one of only six players to break par in the final round.
Shibuno closed with a 74 and finished two shots back.
Kim finished at 3-under 281 and won $1 million. She added to South Korean dominance of this major, the ninth winner in the last 13 years.