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Title defence hopes over for Ko

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/10/2016

Lydia Ko hits a tee shot on the eighth hole. © Getty Images Lydia Ko hits a tee shot on the eighth hole. Lydia Ko's defence of the LPGA Taiwan Championship is effectively over despite making up ground in the third round.

World No.1 Ko improved two places to 16th following a three-under 69 in Taipei on Saturday but her four-under tally is 12 strokes behind runaway leader Ha Na Jang of Korea.

Jang sizzled around the Miramar Golf Country Club course with a 62 to be six shots clear of second-placed Shanshan Feng of China.

World No.12 Jang is poised to become the third player to win more than twice on this year's LPGA Tour.

New Zealander Ko has won four times while world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who is resting this week, has claimed five titles.

Ko, who mixed five birdies with two bogeys on Saturday, won the tournament by nine strokes last year.

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