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Ko three shots off pace at Olympia Fields

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/07/2017 Angelo Risso

Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2017 KPMG PGA Championship © Stacy Revere/Getty Images Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2017 KPMG PGA Championship Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has blown hot and cold in the second round of her Women's PGA Championship tilt at Olympia Fields, but nevertheless sits just three shots off the top of the leaderboard.

The 20-year-old Ko finished her second round with a three-under par 68 on Friday (local time) to be well-placed at four-under par.

Starting the day at one-under par, Ko scorched through her first seven holes with a quartet of birdies before collapsing to hit three bogeys in the next four holes -- all of which were on par-four courses.

However, the Korean-born Aucklander steadied late on to pinch two more birdies in the final three holes and round out the day on a high.

She sits in equal-10th place, three shots off American Danielle Kang and Koreans Sei Young Kim and Chella Choi, with Choi yet to close out her second round.

Elsewhere, the world No.3 Ko's rankings rivals Ryu So-Yeon and Ariya Jutanugarn had solid days on the course.

Ryu is two shots off the leaders on five-under par, while Jutanugarn has recovered from a horror first round 77 to be three-over par after 13 holes of her second round but still sits outside the projected cut line.

South Korean Ryu and Thai Jutanugarn usurped Ko in the women's rankings this month, pushing her down to third.

Ko was on top of the rankings for 85 straight weeks until her mid-June demotion, the third-longest stint as No.1 in LPGA history.

She finished 25th in last weekend's LPGA tournament in Arkansas, and hasn't won a tour event since July last year.

"Some of the other girls are playing at such great standards, and this is a new week - every day's a new day," Ko told reporters on Wednesday (local time).

"I'm thinking more about how can I be consistent and stay in contention."

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