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Ko drops down leaderboard in South Korea

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2017

Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a tee shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. © Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a tee shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Former world No.1 Lydia Ko has slipped further off the pace at the latest LPGA tournament in Incheon, South Korea.

Ko had made a strong start, with six birdies and a pair of bogeys leaving her two shots off the lead in a share of ninth with a four-under par 68 after the first round.

But the 20-year-old Kiwi dropped down the leaderboard with a second round one-over 73, two birdies book-ending three bogeys.

She now sits in a share of 25th with seven others, eight strokes off the pace set by Angel Yin of the US, whose second-round 65 gives her a two-stroke lead.

Koreans In Gee Chun, Jin Young Ko and Sung Hyun Park share second place on nine-under 135 after two rounds.

Ko, now ranked ninth in the world, has not won an LPGA event since July 2016.

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