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Lydia Ko in the mix heading into third round of Pelican Women’s Championship


Lydia Ko made six birdies during the second round of the Pelican Women's Championship.

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Lydia Ko made six birdies during the second round of the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Fresh off last week’s victory in Saudi Arabia, Lydia Ko has put herself in contention midway through the latest LPGA Tour event in Florida.

The Kiwi golfer carded a four-under 66 in the second round of the Pelican Women’s Championship to move to seven-under for the tournament, tied for 15th.

Ko is four shots behind American duo Lexi Thompson and Jennifer Kupcho, who both shot a six-under 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Taiwan’s Wei-Ling Hsu and first round leader Leona Maguire of Ireland were one stroke back in a share of third, while world No 1 Nelly Korda was among a group of five players tied for fifth on nine-under.

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Ko is coming off her second win of the year at the Saudi Ladies International, which is part of European Tour, and has maintained her strong form back in the US.

The world No 5 couldn’t quite manage a repeat of her blemish-free opening round as she bogeyed the second and 15th on (Saturday NZ time).

But six birdies, including a run of four in five holes between the 10th and 14th, ensured she went around one better than Friday (NZ time), leaving Ko well-placed to strike on moving day.

It also took her another step closer towards wrapping up the prestigious Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average of the year.

While Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda and Inbee Park have lower averages, they will not meet the minimum requirement of 70 rounds to be eligible to win. Ko’s closest challenger is In Gee Chun, who is on even-par for the tournament.

The LPGA Tour season concludes next week with the CME Group Tour Championship, also in Florida, where the top 60 players vie for the $US1.5 million ($2.1m) prize.



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