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Inconsistent Ko slips back

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/06/2017

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has veered between the good, bad and ugly in an even-par second round at the Meijer Classic in Michigan.

The world No.2 couldn't replicate her opening round six-under 65, which had left her two strokes off leader Brooke Henderson (Canada) in a share of eighth going into day two.

Ko offset two birdies with a bogey across the front nine on Saturday (NZT) to turn one-under the card, then added another birdie at the par-five 11th.

But she struggled for consistency in the last four holes, finishing bogey-double bogey-birdie-par to drop down the leaderboard into a share of 14th place with four others.

Ko's two-round total of 136 leaves her six strokes shy of Henderson, who fired a four-under 67 which included three bogeys to maintain her two-stroke lead.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda shot a bogey-free seven-under 64 in the round of the day to move into a share of second alongside Korean Mi Jung Hur and world No.4 Lexi Thompson (US).

Ko's 85-week reign as world No.1 ended earlier this week when Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario.

But the new world No.1 has had a slow start in Michigan, carding back-to-back rounds of two-under 69 to share 30th place with 11 others.

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