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Late charge lifts Ko to seventh in Ohio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

Two late birdies have lifted New Zealand's Lydia Ko to a share of seventh after the first round of the Marathon Classic in Ohio.

World No.1 Ko sits two shots off the pace after a relatively circumspect first round which came to life when she picked up shots on the 17th and 18th holes - both par-fives - at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

Ko, who won the LPGA tournament in 2014, followed a bogey on the first hole with two birdies on the front nine.

The 19-year-old is coming off a third placing at last week's US Women's Open in California, where she blew a lead through 54 holes which denied her a third major title.

A three-woman leading group on five-under comprises Koreans Hyo Joo Kim and Mirim Lee, along with Japan's Haru Nomura, a two-time winner on the LPGA this season.

Ko's round came a day after she was crowned best female golfer at the ESPY Awards, an annual American sports award ceremony.

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