Lydia Ko, who had a share of second after the opening round of the penultimate LPGA Tour major this year, her struggles continued on a day she mixed four bogeys and a double bogey with a lone birdie. The 26-year-old, who has just one top-10 finish in 2023 after she was crowned player-of-the-year last season, finished a whopping 20 shots off the pace set by French winner Celine Boutier.
While Ko opened with a slick five-under 66, rounds of 76, 71 and 77 meant only three players who made the weekend finished below her. Ko walked away with US$14,758 (NZ$23,978), peanuts in comparison to the $1 million Boutier pocketed. But that won’t bother Ko. What will is her continued search to put her game together.