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Ko handy at halfway point in Michigan

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

Lydia Ko © Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images Lydia Ko Top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko has slipped a further shot off the pace at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan, but is still only three strokes behind the leaders after two rounds.

The 19-year-old New Zealander backed up her opening four-under 67 with a second-round 68, mixing four birdies with a lone bogey at the par-four 15th.

Her two-round total of 135 gives her a share of 13th place with five others, including women's PGA Championship winner Brooke Henderson, who pipped Ko in a sudden death play-off at last week's major.

Wet and cold weather on day one at Blythefield Country Club gave way to more pleasant warm and dry conditions, with defending champion Lexi Thompson edging out to a narrow one-stroke lead over a group of four including reigning US Women's Open champion In Gee Chun of South Korea.

Young Australian Minjee Lee heads a group of seven sitting in a tie for sixth a further stroke back.

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