9 Feb 2015

Ko keeps top ranking

6:15 pm on 9 February 2015

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has held onto the world number one ranking after finishing in a tie for seventh in the LPGA Classic in the Bahamas.

Ko produced her best round of the tournament in the final round, the 17-year-old producing a five under par 68 to be 11 under for the tournament, just three shots behind the leaders.

Lydia Ko tees off in Florida.

Lydia Ko Photo: AFP

Her South Korean rival Inbee Park, who could have moved into the top spot on the rankings with a win, could only manage a round of 72 to finish one shot ahead of Ko at 12 under.

So Ko stays No.1 going into her next event - the LPGA Tour co-sanctioned Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne from February 19-22.

The South Korean Sei Young Kim won the tournament after taking out a three-way playoff.

Ko tied for second in the season-opening event in Florida in the first week of February - a score which resulted in her breaking Tiger Woods' record as the youngest player to reach the number one ranking in the sport.

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