World No1 golfer was left ‘disappointed’ after missing cut after round of 77 on THIRD visit to Las Vegas
World No1 golfer Lydia Ko was left “disappointed” after missing the cut at the Evian Championship in France after she put her third round of 77 behind her and spoke out about players competing in prize money-earning events and trying to follow the action in some cases.
With the American Danielle Kang finishing in style with a four-under 66 to finish on 10 under overall, Ko came home in 38 shots to also fail to qualify for the weekend. It is her third time playing in the event this year.
Ko said: “I had a really good week last year with a 69 on the first day and then finished with a 68 so I was hoping that it was going to be possible again but unfortunately I’ve still not done that and so, yeah, I’m disappointed.”
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“When you’re at a tournament you want to do well and you want to win and you just want to play your best golf and want to do well so it would have been great to play on Sunday. And it was just such a short week [this time]. I knew what I was doing wrong. I’ve only played one event in the last couple of weeks.
“And then also, on the previous two times I wasn’t prepared to do so well and I didn’t play well at all. So I knew what I was going to have to do this time. But sometimes results are so overrated.”
With the world No2 Jessica Korda also missing the cut, it means there are no women’s golfers from the top six nations making the cut this year. That means it is the first time since 1995 there has been no British players in the field.
Jessica Korda failed to qualify for the weekend. Photograph: AP
Kotka signed for a 74 to end on three under with Ko but the New Zealander insisted she had played like she expected. She said: “I feel really good out there. I could have played better but, yeah, this week felt good, so I can’t really complain.
“After I missed that birdie putt at 17, yeah, I was a little disappointed. I was a little disappointed with how I finished but I’m still very much in this tournament.”
Ko will now turn her attention to the season-ending Tour Championship, where she has already qualified, and her bid to secure this year’s $10m jackpot with victory next week. “I haven’t really played well this year when I’ve played well I’ve been scoring well as well,” she said. “So really just trying to focus on what I’m doing well and just go into next week having won this week. And that should make me feel better.”