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Ko surges early in US Open second round

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/07/2016

Lydia Ko © Getty Images Lydia Ko New Zealand's Lydia Ko has charged into contention at the US Women's Open golf tournament in California with a scorching second-round 66.

Sharing 52nd when play began on Friday, Ko rattled off seven birdies in her six-under round to head to the clubhouse holding fourth place, with half the field still to come in.

The world No.1 stuttered with a lone bogey on the first hole at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin before nailing birdies on holes three to six and another at the eighth to turn in 32.

Picking up two more shots on the back nine left her three strokes behind co-leader Sung Hyun Park, who was also an early starter and matched Ko's 66.

The other player on eight-under was overnight leader Mirim Lee, who was still to tee off.

Another Korean, Amy Yang, was third on six-under after completing her round.

Ko's playing partners, Canadian world No.2 Brooke Henderson and fourth-ranked American Lexi Thompson, are both in danger of missing the cut.

The pair are on three-over, with the cut line projected to be two-over.

Ko, 19, is seeking a third major title.

She has struggled previously at the US Women's Open, having missed the top-10 in four visits.

Last year was her best result when she placed 12th.

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