The signs are good for Lydia Ko despite falling agonisingly short of capturing her first LPGA Tour event in over two years at the Marathon LPGA Classic on the LPGA Tour.

Ko has finished in a share of second place after leading for much of the day over good friend Danielle Kang who has now won back-to-back events on the LPGA Tour.

She began the day with a four-shot cushion at the top of the leaderboard after rounds of 64, 65, and 68 to get to 16-under for the tournament.

The gap suddenly became one late in the back nine of the final day’s play. Ko made bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes while Kang made birdies on the 13th and 14th to narrow the lead to just a single shot with two holes to play.

Ko then made a double bogey on the 18th to sign for a two-over par 73 while Kang made par to secure her second title in as many weeks. She carded a final round of 68.

Despite a disappointing finish, Ko’s game is trending the right direction. She finished in a tie for 28th at last week’s LPGA Drive On Championship and found herself right in the mix this week.

She now turns her attention to the Ladies Scottish open next week and the Women’s British Open the following week.



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