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Ko continues Kingsmill recovery

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016

Lydia Ko of New Zealand lines up her putt at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. © Hunter Martin/Getty Images Lydia Ko of New Zealand lines up her putt at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has continued her steady climb up the leaderboard at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, and now sits in a share of 24th, six strokes astray of the leaders.

Ko has battled back from a disastrous opening round 73 with back-to-back 68s, her third-round effort on the rain-softened River Course including three mid-round birdies.

The world No.1 looked rusty in her return from a three-week lay-off as she looks to freshen up ahead of a busy schedule leading into the Women's PGA Championship next month.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn birdied three of the last six holes to break clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard, carding a third-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and In Gee Chun sit in a tie for second with Thai golfer Pornanong Phatlum, while Australian Minjee Lee, Israeli rookie Laetitia Beck and Korean Amy Yang are a further shot back in a share of fifth.

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