Inconsistent final round sees Lydia Ko scrape tie for 13th at LPGA's Kia Classic

A mixed final round has seen Lydia Ko limp into a tie for 13th place at the LPGA's Kia Classic in California, having started the day with an outside shot of the title.

Lydia Ko. Source: Associated Press

Coming into her final round in a tie for ninth place, and five shots behind overnight leader Inbee Park of South Korea, Ko's chances of a late charge up the leaderboard got off to the perfect start with a birdie on the first hole of the day.

However, bogey on the second and fifth saw the Kiwi forced to work for any potential victory, before the Kiwi clawed her way back under par on the front nine with birdies on the sixth and eighth.

Moving to the back nine, Ko was quickly forced back to even for her final round with a bogey on the 11th, before that blunder was quickly cancelled out by a birdie on the 12th.

A bogey on the 15th threatened a terrible finish for the Kiwi, however an eagle on the 16th and a bogey on the 17th meant Ko finished her final round at -3, and -12 for the tournament, earning a three way tie for 13th place alongside Australia's Katherine Kirk and China's Jing Yan.

Japan's Nasa Hataoka came away as the victor, with a stunning final round of -5 seeing her finish at -9 for the tournament, three shots ahead of the trailing group who would earn a five-way tie for second.