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Erratic Ko struggles in Japan Classic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/11/2016

Lydia Ko has edged up the leaderboard at the Japan Classic in Ibaraki, but still sits 12 shots off the pace in a tie for 52nd.

World No.1 Ko continued her recent erratic form, mixing four bogeys with five birdies to add a one-under 71 to the two-over 74 she returned in round one.

Shanshan Feng of China, who began the day in a tie for seventh, has shot into contention with a flawless eight-under second round 64.

She holds the clubhouse lead, 11 strokes under the card and two strokes ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who fired a second-round 66.

Overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is also nine strokes under the card in a share of second place with two holes of her second round remaining.

Jutanugarn has edged ahead in her duel with Ko for the top prizes on the LPGA Tour, with both playing their penultimate tournament.

Jutanugarn leads the LPGA Tour with five wins and holds a 13-point lead over Ko in the player of the year standings and the tour's lucrative points race.

Ko leads the money earnings by a slim margin and has the tour's lowest scoring average.

The Tour Championship in Florida in two weeks was expected to be decisive but Jutanugarn looks poised to make the decisive move this week.

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