1 Aug 2016

Ko finishes well off the pace

6:41 am on 1 August 2016

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has finished in a tie for 40th at the British Open.

Lydia Ko in action at the Women's PGA Championship

Lydia Ko in action. Photo: AFP

The World No.1 carded a final round two over par 74 to finish 1 under for the tournament, 15 shots behind the winner Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.

Jutanugarn is the first Thai golfer to win a major.

The 20-year-old missed out on major glory when she dropped shots at each of the last three holes after leading by two strokes with three to play at the ANA Inspiration in California in April.

The big-hitting Thai made amends at Woburn, though.

Ariya went into the final round holding a two-shot lead and a closing level-par 72 left her three clear of the field on 272, 16 under.

Playing partner Lee Mi-rim of South Korea (73) and American Mo Martin (70) shared second place while Stacy Lewis of the U.S. also carded a 70 to take fourth spot on 277.