McKay keeps up tradition of top finishes at Open

Sandra Jenkins,Oregon
Tuesday 08 July 2003 00:00 BST

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The Scot Mhairi McKay continued to establish herself as one of the élite when finishing joint sixth in the US Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon. McKay, who had been a four-shot leader at halfway, fired a second successive 75 to finish three shots off the leading trio and claim her third top-seven finish in five US Opens.

In a dramatic finale, three Americans, Kelly Robbins, Angela Stanford and Hilary Lunke, finished level on 283, one under par, and faced an 18-hole play-off late last night.

Sweden's world No 1 Annika Sorenstam threw away her chance to join the play-off when she bogeyed the final hole, a 502-yard par five. Sorenstam hit her second shot into the trees and was allowed a free drop. However, she then found a bunker and failed to get up and down for par, finishing on 73 for a one-over 284.

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