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Jutanugarn closes in on Ko's top ranking

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/05/2017
Lydia Ko © Getty Images Lydia Ko

With one round left to play at the LPGA tournament in Michigan, Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn is three strokes away from claiming Lydia Ko's world No.1 ranking.

Jutanugarn fired a third-round 68 to move into a tie for sixth at the Volvik Championship, five shots astray of leader and world No.7 Shanshan Feng of China.

Any finish better than a share of third place with one other golfer will earn Jutanugarn the world No.1 spot.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen holds third place with a three-round tally of 203 at the Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, three strokes ahead of Jutanugarn.

Ko is skipping the event, beginning a three-week break and opening the door for world No.2 Korean So Yeon Ryu or third-ranked Jutanugarn.

Both have closed the gap considerably on Ko, who hasn't won a tournament for 10 months.

Ryu is well off the pace in Michigan, sitting on 213 for a share of 53rd place going into the final day.

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