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Ko ready to rest after worst finish in a major

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lydia Ko hasn’t been a very good fit at the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills so far in her fledgling career.

The Rolex World No. 1 struggled to a 1-over-par 73 Sunday at the ANA Inspiration.

After opening with a 71 to equal Annika Sorenstam’s modern-day LPGA record for consecutive rounds under par (29), Ko failed to break par the rest of the week. She ended the tournament at 3 over and tied for 51st, her worst finish in 13 major championship starts.

Ko finished T-25 the first time she played this championship as a 15-year-old. She was T-29 last year.

Sunday also saw Ko’s streak of top-10 finishes in LPGA events end at 10 in a row.

“It’s a really good course, and you really need your A-game, and I really didn't have that this week,” Ko said.

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Ko struggled with her driver all week. She hit just three of 14 fairway on Sunday. She hit just six on Friday.

“I’ve learned a lot about how to play shots out of the rough this week,” Ko cracked. “That’s one of the big things I’ve learned.”

It’s been a long run of events for Ko, and she said she’ll take some time off this week with the Masters being staged and no LPGA event scheduled. Ko has played six of the last seven weeks with travel to Australia, New Zealand and Asia in that run.

“Just going have a good rest,” she said.