Lydia Ko has returned to form leading into the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open after finishing in a tie for third at the final Major Championship of the season in France overnight.

Ko was tied for the lead entering the 54th and final hole at the rain-shortened Evian Championship, but on the demanding 442 yard par-four 18th, she was unable to make par and dropped back into a share of third at eight-under par for the tournament.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist completed her second Major victory in a playoff, beating American Brittany Altomare after both players carded fantastic final rounds of 66 to leap up 10 places and into contention.

Finishing one shot back, this results is Ko’s best finish in a Major in her last six attempts, and marks her eighth finish of third-or-better in a Major.

After a great start with two early birdies, Ko’s round plateaued as her chances looked slim being four shots behind the lead. This quickly changed with a birdie on 14 followed by a chip in eagle on 15 that rocketed her into a tie for the lead whilst the nation was fast asleep.

But as mentioned, the final hole finished with a bogey as the Kiwi missed her approach shot short and wide, creating a headache for the world number eight.

With her recent surge of form, Ko will be looking forward to her next assignment, which is none other than the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open at Windross Farm on the 28th of September.

This will be the first time the LPGA has come to New Zealand and to see Ko back in form will place her as one of the favourites when she plays in her backyard and in front of many home fans who will be even more excited with her recent results.

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Luke Toomey progressed through the first stage of the European Tour School after a final round course record, 65 to sneak into the next event in Spain.

Toomey went the hard way about things with opening rounds of 73, 74, and 71 before finishing the week bang on the qualifying number after his clinical final round.


Ryan Fox snuck inside the cutline at the KLM Open in the Netherlands to finish in 60th place.

It was a week where Fox couldn’t quite get things going, finishing at one-under for the week with rounds of 71, 71, 71 and 70.


After a dominant four rounds of golf, Selin Hyun won the Women’s North Island Stroke Play Championship by two shots on Saturday, while an intense two-hole playoff has seen Charlie Smail win the men’s division after a mammoth five stroke comeback.

Jang Hyun Lee let a five-shot lead slip on the final day in the men’s division, as Smail recorded a clinical round of three-under par to draw level after 72 holes. Lee couldn’t maintain his earlier form to be two-over for the day; and with momentum on his side, Smail capitalized to steal victory.





    1 Hillier, Daniel 173.14
    2 Mountcastle, Kerry 135.83
    3 Koong, Kevin 115.66
    4 McLean, Matthew 102.43
    5 Lee, Jang Hyun 87.42
    1 Dryland, Brittney 178.76
    2 Jung, Miree 157.69
    3 Hung, Juliana 125.33
    4 Lu, Vivian 104.67
    5 Chung, Darae 89.85