Lydia Ko finishes second at LPGA Tour event in Malaysia

Lydia Ko’s quest for a third successive LPGA Tour win has fallen just short.

The Kiwi golfer finished the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event strongly, carding six birdies in a five-under 66 on Sunday which got her to 14-under for the week.

However, that was only good enough for a share of second place as American Jessica Korda ran away with a three-shot victory.

Korda, the 54-hole leader, closed with a six-under 65 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and was never seriously threatened on the final day.

Ko was almost as strong, dropping just the one shot. At one stage on the back nine she was within two shots of Korda but the American always had the tournament under control.

China’s Shanshan Feng, the 2014 champion, and world No 3 Stacy Lewis tied for second with Ko, who had won her previous two starts in Canada and France, the latter the final major of the year.

Ko, the world No 2, maintained her lead in the tour’s Race to the CME Globe points standings, ahead of second-placed Inbee Park, the world No 1 who finished tied for 15th in Kuala Lumpur.

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