Lydia Ko rarely misses cuts. She’s usually money to get to the money on the LPGA Tour. However, in a rarity, she missed the cut at the 2017 Kia Classic.
Ko, who was the defending champion in the event, bogeyed two of her final three holes at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., to finish with a 36-hole total of 2-over 146 — a shot off the cut of 1 over par.
“I had a really bad finish,” said Ko. “Ball striking wasn’t very good today. I’m hitting my drives really well, but the birdie opportunities I had, I was missing quite a few of them. I was putting so much better today until the last few holes.”
Ko made the cut in her first 53 LPGA Tour events before missing the cut at the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship in June 2015. She made the cut in all 40 events since, this week marking only her second missed cut in 95 total LPGA Tour events as an amateur or a professional.