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Ko edges up leaderboard in Singapore

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017
Lydia Ko © Getty Images Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko has eased up the leaderboard at the HSBC Women's Champions tournament into a share of seventh place at the halfway mark in Singapore.

Ko backed up her opening 69 with a second-round 68 to sit seven under the card and three strokes astray of outright leader Inbee Park of South Korea.

Back-to-back 67s have given Park a one-stroke lead over compatriot Mi Jung Hur, world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and overnight leader Michelle Wie (USA).

After eagling the par-five fifth, Ko bogeyed the ninth and looked set for an underwhelming finish until she fired three straight birdies on the last three holes to end on a high note.

"I hit it close on 16, which was actually my first birdie of the day," the world No.1 said afterwards.

"I really wasn't expecting it to go in on 17, because it was a long left-to-right putt, kind of down the hill.

"I was trying to lag it down there, but ended up lagging it in the hole, which is never a bad thing.

"It's always nice to end with a birdie as well, no matter what you've shot."

The New Zealand 19-year-old is playing her third tournament of 2017, building steadily after beginning the year with a 46th placing at the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide in February.

She finished eighth in her second tournament of 2017 at LPGA Thailand last week.

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