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Ko grinds out second round to make the cut

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016
Lydia Koreacts after her tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada. © Getty Images Lydia Koreacts after her tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada.

Lydia Ko had to fight to make the cut in the latest LPGA Tour event in Canada after an unusually mixed round.

The world No.1 followed a two-under 70 in the first round with a even par 72 to sit at two-under in a tie for 44th after two rounds of the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge.

She was under pressure to make the cut after a double bogey on the tenth at the start of her round but followed it up with two birdies and then birdied three of the last six in the second half of her round.

Her 142 after two rounds was uncomfortably close to the cut, with players two shots back not making it. She is eight shots off the lead.

"The front nine I think plays a little easier than the back nine, the real back nine, so I knew that there were some birdies coming in," she said.

"I try to stay confident and you know it was good to see some putts fall today.

"I think that without the putter today I would have been struggling a bit more."

She had just tried to stay positive, she said.

"You kind of get those days where you're not hitting the ball very great but you just need to grind it out," she said.

American Marina Alex jumped to the top of the leaderboard with an eight-under par 64 for the low round of the week to sit one stroke ahead of P.K. Kongkraphan and Hyo Joo Kim.

First-round leader Chella Choi had an up-and-down day carding four bogeys on the day and sits in a tie for eighth.

Ko, 19, is coming off a seventh placing at last week's Canadian Pacific Open and, before that, a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

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