18 Feb 2013

Ko finishes third at Australian Open

6:00 pm on 18 February 2013

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko carded a three over par 76 in the final round of the Australian Open to finish in third place behind the South Korean professional Jiyai Shin.

The 15-year-old, who began tied for the lead with Shin on 17 under par, finished four shots back from the South Korean as she tried to win two national opens in consecutive weeks.

The New Zealand Open champion was overtaken by World No.1 Yani Tseng in the final round when the Taiwanese pro shot a seven under par 66 to climb into second place.

Ko got off to a nervous start in the final round, beginning with a double bogey followed with a bogey on the second to allow Shin to establish a four shot lead.

She bounced back with consecutive bogeys on the fourth and fifth to get back into the contest, making the turn in one over par.

But Ko couldn't get anything going on the back nine as she made three bogeys and a birdie to finish on 14 under par.

Still it was another remarkable week for the teenage golf sensation starring in a field that included nine out of the top 20 professionals in the world.