Lydia Ko plummets into tie for 48th after horrendous day at ANA Inspiration

Lydia Ko has surrendered any possible chance of victory at the ANA Inspiration in California, tied for 48th place after a lacklustre third round.

Lydia Ko during round three of the ANA Inspiration in California Source: Associated Press

Having started the day down in 29th after a disastrous second round, Ko's attempt up the leaderboard got off to the ideal start with a birdie on the opening hole.

A bogey on the seventh though would see the Kiwi finish even par on the front nine, before a shambolic showing to finish her third round.

Even with a birdie on the 11th, a run of back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th, before a double bogey on the 14th all but ended Ko's already faint hopes of glory.

Back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th temporarily halted Ko's decline, before one last bogey on the 17th saw the Kiwi finish on a low.

Ko currently sits at +3 for the tournament, a staggering 14 shots behind the leader, South Korea's Jin Young Ko, heading into the final day.