24 Jan 2011

Ko misses shot at Australian record

8:22 am on 24 January 2011

The 13-year-old North Harbour golfer Lydia Ko was just a centimetre away from the chance to create history at the New South Wales Open in Sydney.

Ko just missed her one metre par putt on the final green that would have forced a playoff with Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, who won her first tournament as a professional.

Ko was one-up playing the last before Hedwall made a slick downhill birdie on the final green and the young New Zealander three-putted.

Had the New Zealand golf representative prevailed, she would have become the youngest player to ever win a professional women's event in Australia, with Amy Yang the youngest when she won the 2006 Masters at age 16.

Ko says she's a little disappointed but overall still proud of herself for how far she got.

The players have a tournament in Canberra this week followed by the Australian Open in Melbourne and the Masters on the Gold Coast ahead of the New Zealand Open in Christchurch next month.