Hard & Fast: Tim Wilkinson Is His Name

It was a busy weekend for our kiwi golfers and while Lydia Ko couldn't find a top-10 finish, overall it was an impressive weekend for kiwi golf.

Ko was in Williamsburg, Virginia for the Kingsmill Championship and as started very slowly, shooting 73 in her first round. It's becoming a bit of a trend for Ko as a slow start usually sees her fall behind the pack, too far behind to make up the difference in the later rounds as she always finishes strong.

Ko then shot rounds of 68, 68 and 69 to finish tied for 18th on -6. 

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn was the eventual winner at -14 after rounds of 69, 69, 65 and 67.Ko can absorb results like these as she's still on top of the women's golfing world. Ko leads the Rolex Player Of The Year rankings on 128 points, while Jutanugarn is sitting in 2nd on 86 points. 

Ko still has the lowest scoring average of 69.306 and she's still leading the prizemoney and Race To CME Globe Season rankings.

In Irving, Texas, Tim Wilkinson led the kiwi charge at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship where he finished tied for 4th while Danny Lee matched Ko's effort, tied for 18th.

Wilkinson shot four rounds under 70 with rounds of 67, 69, 63 and 68 to finish up -13 and Lee wasn't too far behind him, shooting 63, 69, 69 and 69 for -10. Jordan Spieth also finished -10, meaning Wilkinson beat him, yey!

This was a pretty impressive result for Wilkinson, who has sat behind Lee in terms of Aotearoa's finest male golfer for the past year or so. In 2016 Wilkinson now has one top-10 finished, as well as three top-25 which puts him 108th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Also noteworthy is that Wilkinson has had his best two tournaments of 2016 in his last two outings. Wilkinson hadn't done better than tied for 21st before finishing tied for 11th at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month and this tied-4th result has him trending in the right direction.

Wilkinson in 2016: T50, T62, Cut, Cut, T21, T29, T64, T11, T4.