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Ko climbs to 13th at Evian Championship

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016
Lydia Ko in action at the Evian Championship in France. © Getty Images Lydia Ko in action at the Evian Championship in France.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko still has significant ground to make up despite surging into the top-15 at the midway point of the Evian Championship in France.

World No.1 Ko followed her opening one-under 70 at the year's final major with a 68 to climb 15 places on Friday.

The tournament defending champion is 13th on four-under but still some distance off the lead, held outright by Korean first-round co-leader In Gee Chun on 13-under.

World No.7 and former US Women's Open champion Chun shot a 66 to be two strokes clear of compatriot Sung Hyun Park and China's Shanshan Feng.

Ko sits two shots clear of chief LPGA rivals Ariya Jutanugarn and Brooke Henderson, who are ranked second and third in the world.

An early start for Ko delivered her calmer conditions than Thursday and she took advantage, mixing five birdies with two bogeys. Her best run came early on the front nine, which she played second, carding four birdies in the space of seven holes.

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