2 Jul 2017

Mixed day for New Zealand golfers

2:47 pm on 2 July 2017

New Zealand golfers Lydia Ko, Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson have had days to forget on the LPGA and PGA Tours.

Ryan Fox, Lydia Ko, Danny Lee

New Zealand golfers Ryan Fox, Lydia Ko and Danny Lee Photo: Photosport

After starting the day just three shots back from the lead at four under at the Women's PGA Championship, Ko imploded on both nines, shooting a six over 76 to drop down into a share of 48th.

The 20-year-old started the third round of the women's major with a birdie at the first but then gave away two bogeys to follow.

She recovered with a birdie at the fourth before making three straight bogeys to record a three over 39 on the front nine.

Ko started the back nine a solidly with two pars but made another bogey at the 12th.

She went on to make birdie at the 14th but again recorded three bogeys in a row, settling for a two over 37 on the back nine.

Ko will start the final round 11 shots back from the leaders - South Korea's Chella Choi and America's Danielle Kang.

Meanwhile Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson didn't fare much better at the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National in Maryland.

Lee started his third round in a tie for 10th at two under but had a topsy turvy front nine with two birdies and three birdies.

The 26-year-old then double bogeyed the par four 11th, dropping him to one over for tournament.

New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson

New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Lee managed to recover one back at the par four 15th with a birdie to finish his round with a two over 72.

The New Zealand number one's even through three rounds in a share for 18th, seven shots behind leader, Sweden's David Lingmerth.

New Zealand left hander Tim Wilkinson meanwhile had a round to forget at the same tournament.

Much like Ko, Wilkinson had a horror start to his round, carding a three over 38 on the front nine before recording a double bogey at the par five 10th.

Wilkinson finished his round five over, he's in a tie for 67th at eight over par.

It's better news for European Tour professional Ryan Fox though, the 30-year-old is in a tie for 16th at the HNA Open in France after a one under 70 in his third round.

Fox mixed three birdies with two bogeys at Le Golf National in Paris, to leave him at three under for the tournament.

He's just five shots behind the leader - Sweden's Alexander Bjork.