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Ko withdraws from LPGA tournament

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017

Lydia Ko plays her tee shot at the seventh hole during the second round of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout © Darren Carroll/Getty Images Lydia Ko plays her tee shot at the seventh hole during the second round of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout World No.1 Lydia Ko has been forced to withdraw from the LPGA tournament in Texas with a viral eye infection.

New Zealander Ko pulled out before her third round at the Texas Shootout in Irving after suffering from a swollen left eye.

The injury is believed to have been exacerbated by pollen in the area,

Her agent Michael Yim said Ko's vision was affected significantly and a doctor had advised her not to wear contact lenses until the condition improved.

Ko was in a share of 32nd place on one-over at the tournament's midway point on one-over, having followed an opening 70 with a two-over 73.

Without a tournament win since July, Ko's 79-week reign as world No.1 could end on Sunday.

Second-ranked Korean So Yeon Ryu would take top spot if she records a top-two finish while third-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand would do so if victorious.

Through three rounds, Jutanugarn shares sixth place on three-under, five strokes behind Japanese leader Haru Nomura.

Ryu sits one shot behind Jutanugarn.

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