20 Mar 2017

Eighth place finish for Ko

3:37 pm on 20 March 2017

New Zealand golfer and world number one Lydia Ko has failed to make up any ground in the final round of the LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona.

Lydia Ko during a promotional visit to NZ, 2017.

Lydia Ko during a promotional visit to NZ, 2017. Photo: Photosport

After starting the day in seventh, Ko shot a final round four under 68, to finish in a tie for eighth at 20 under.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won the tournament at 25-under.

The 29-year-old former Arizona State player shot a four-under 68 to hold off fellow major champions Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis and In Gee Chun.

Nordqvist was two shots off the LPGA Tour record that Sei Young Kim.

The six-foot Swede had a tournament-record 61 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

Jutanugarn and Lewis also shot 68, and Chun had a 66.

Nordqvist won her seventh LPGA Tour title and first since successfully defending the ShopRite LPGA Classic title last June.

In the US Women's Open in July, she lost a three-hole playoff to Brittany Lang after being penalised two strokes for touching the sand with her club in a fairway bunker on the second extra hole.