Ko upbeat despite falling short of No. 1 at Hana Bank

Lydia Ko fell short Sunday in her bid to win for the third time in her last four starts and to move back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

The co-leader going into the final round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship, Ko stumbled with three bogeys in the middle of her round, finishing with an even-par 72, leaving her two shots behind the winner, Lexi Thompson.

Ko needed to finish second or better Sunday to overtake Inbee Park as world No. 1 but finished tied for fourth.

“I was struggling in the middle of my round, but to know that I was able to turn it around a little bit in the end, I think that’s a good sign,” Ko said.

Ko’s bogeys at the sixth, ninth and 11th holes left her four shots behind Thompson. Ko made birdies at the 13th and 16th coming home.

Ko has now finished T-4 or better in six of her last seven starts, with two victories in that run. She’ll be teeing it up again next week at the Fubon Taiwan Championship with another shot to overtake Park as Rolex No. 1. Park is not in next week’s field.

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