9 Jun 2013

Ko improves at LPGA

1:31 pm on 9 June 2013

The World No.1 amateur golfer, Lydia Ko, has fought back well in the second round of the LPGA Championship in New York to keep alive her record of never missing a cut a professional event.

The 16-year-old from the Gulf Harbour Country Club, who opened with a five over par 77 at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford to be in a share of 89th place, delivered a two under par 70 when she needed it most.

She climbed to a three over par two round total and to a share of 40th place to make the cut of the top 70 players and ties by three shots.

It continued Ko's remarkable record in professional events where she has not missed a weekend in the 18 events she has contested since making her debut at the Pegasus NZ Women's Open in 2010.

Ko will begin the third round nine shots back from American Morgan Pressel (68, 70) who leads by two strokes from South Koreans Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin at the halfway stage.

As the only amateur player in the field Ko has already sealed the leading amateur honours - for the fourth time out of four majors - and will look to get back to around even par on moving day.

It was a dramatic turnaround from day one for the Pinehurst School student at the Pittsford Golf Club.

The New Zealand Women's Open champion got off to a slow start with bogeys on two and three to fall outside the cutline but she rallied well making three birdies on the outward nine to make the turn in one under par 34.

Ko, as she so often does, held her nerve well on the back nine with two birdies and a bogey coming home to post a 70 and complete a fine comeback under pressure.

The final two rounds will test Ko's fitness tomorrow. After the first round was washed out on Thursday (local time) both the third and fourth rounds (36 holes) will be played on Sunday, June 9.