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Ko in scrap for LPGA Tour points prize

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Lydia Ko can't back up her brilliant second round at the LPGA's Tour Championship, leaving her in a fight for the million-dollar cheque on offer.</span> © Christian Petersen/Getty Images Lydia Ko can't back up her brilliant second round at the LPGA's Tour Championship, leaving her in a fight for the million-dollar cheque on offer. Lydia Ko has squandered her lead at the LPGA's Tour Championship in Florida, leaving a host of players in contention going into the final round of the season.

A day after she defied her modest form to shoot a tournament record 10-under 62, world No.1 Ko followed up with a 73 in her third round.

Leading by three shots at the lucrative tournament's midway point, she finds herself in a five-way share of fourth place on 11-under at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.

England's Charley Hull holds the outright lead, two shots clear, while American Brittany Lincicome and Korean So Yeon Ryu are both on 12-under.

One of four players level with Ko is Thailand's world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn, whose 65 was the round of the day.

She and Ko are the front-runners to finish on top of the season-long Tour points standings, with the winner to receive a $US1 million ($NZ1.4 million) "bonus".

Jutanugarn held a narrow points lead coming into this week, setting up an intriguing finish on Sunday.

Ko struggled for momentum, mixing three birdies with four bogeys, including a dropped shot on the 18th hole.

In contrast, Jutanugarn was flawless, giving her a crack at sixth tournament win this year.

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