Lydia Ko Cruises at NW Arkansas Championship
Lydia Ko entered this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship playing excellent golf, having won twice with seven top ten finishes in twelve events. The women’s number one player in the world looked for her 13th career LPGA victory in the 54-hole event.
Ko started the week with a solid round of 66, trailing 13 players and four shots behind leader Ayako Uehara, who blistered the course with a nine-under par round of 62. Last week’s winner Sei Young Kim shot a one-under par, which left her well back on a day that par was a mediocre score.
In the second round, Lydia Ko played like the number one player. She posted a 28 on the back nine that included five birdies and an eagle. Her 62 tied Uehara with the round of the tournament and left her with a two-round total of 128. Morgan Pressel vaulted into a tie with Ko with a 63, while Haeji Kang also posted a 63 and was three shots back. Uehara struggled to a 74, while Sei Young Kim couldn’t get it going and finished with another 70, missing the cut by a single stroke.
Sydnee Michaels, who missed the cut in seven of thirteen events played this season, shot the round of the day on Sunday. She posted a 65 featuring seven birdies on eleven pars. Her tied for eighth finish was easily her best this season. Angela Sanford finished with a 65, vaulting her way up the leader board to finished tired for fourth. But the championship belonged to Ko, who birdied four of the first five holes. While she was up and down the rest of the round with two birdies and three bogeys, she had enough of a cushion to secure her 13th LPGA victory with a final round 68 and tournament total of seventeen under par.
Notables who missed the cut include Brooke Henderson, winner of the Women’s PGA Championship, Paula Creamer, Mika Miyazato and Michelle Wie.
The LPGA heads to Portland, Orgeon next week for the Cambia Portland Classic where Brooke Henderson is the defending champion.