Lydia Ko, the top-ranked amateur player in the world, survived a rough finish Sunday to take low amateur honors in the U.S. Women's Open.
The 15-year-old from New Zealand was 3 under for the day and had a seven-shot lead over Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., with three holes to go, but stumbled badly from there. Ko lost six strokes and finished with a 3-over 75 that put her at 12 over for the tournament at Blackwolf Run.
''I pulled my third shot on 16 and then pulled my first shot, my drive on 18, and then pulled my third shot,'' Ko said. ''It was kind of disappointing the last three holes.''
In stark contrast was Talley, an 18-year-old who shot an even-par 72. After a rough start in the tourney, Talley played the final 30 holes in even par.
Asked what she can take away from her experience in her third Open, Talley said ''That I can do it. But I learned that I have a lot of things to work on. But I'm going to be there.''
Talley is headed to the University of Alabama this fall.