24 Oct 2015

Ko closes in on victory in Taiwan

12:05 pm on 24 October 2015

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has stormed into contention at the LPGA Tour's latest event in Taiwan.

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko.

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 18-year-old carded a second round five-under-par 67 to move to eight under for the tournament and into outright second, one shot behind the leader South Korean Eun-hee Ji.

Ji, the overnight leader, carded an eventful second round 69 for a nine-under 135 halfway total.

Ji, who won the 2009 US Women's Open, opened her second round with back-to-back birdies only to give both shots back with a double bogey seven at the sixth after sending her tee shot into the woods.

She recovered, though, and reeled off three straight birdie threes from the ninth to sit one clear of world No.2 Ko, the youngest woman to win a golf major.

Ko had begun the day three back of Ji but had picked up five shots in her first 12 holes to grab a share of the lead before mixing two bogeys with two more birdies to allow the South Korean to edge ahead.

England's Charley Hull carded a 69 to sit in tied third on seven-under with China's Lin Xi Yu (70).

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who was accused of showing a lack of sportsmanship at the Solheim Cup last month, shot a best of the day 66 to sit tied seventh on four-under.

- Reuters