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Lydia Ko drops to world number seven as slump continues

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko's slide down the world rankings has continued, with the former number one dropping a further two places to seventh.

Having failed to make the cut at the Women's Canadian Open, Ko's run of tournaments without a top 10 finish has stretched to 10, having not claimed a first-placed finish in over 12 months.

So Yeon Ryu of South Korea holds tops the world rankings, with America's Lexi Thompson in second position, while Ryu's compatriot Sung Hyun Park is third.

Ko had previously held the number one ranking for an astonishing 84 weeks, before her title drought saw her fail to grab silverware since the Marathon Classic last July.

BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 15:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand shoots from the 18th fairway during the US Women's Open round three at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Watch: Aussie golfer channels Happy Gilmore as late players race to finish second round in fading PGA Championship light

Australian golfer Rod Pampling took one for the boys in his final hole at this year's PGA Championship after firing off a wayward tee shot in fading light to ensure his group wouldn't have to return in the morning to finish their round.

Pampling, who knew he wasn't going to make the cut at 14-over par, ran to the tee on the ninth to get his ball in play.

PGA Championship rules dictate that if play is suspended due to darkness, then players who had yet to finish their rounds must return the following morning and do so but if one player's ball is already in play, then the entire group can choose to finish the hole their on - it just so happened that this was Pampling's last hole of the round.

Pampling had some fun giving his playing partners Thomas Pieters and Xander Schauffele, who were both likely to miss the cut as well, the choice to finish their rounds by channeling famous movie character Happy Gilmore for his approach to the swing.

While Pampling wasn't in a Hollywood film, his swing still proved to be just as entertaining.

Pampling finished his final hole with a double-bogey as a result moving his second round score to 79, leaving him tied for 136th.

But more importantly, he got to sleep in this morning.


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