26 Feb 2017

Ko improves in Thailand

4:55 pm on 26 February 2017

World golf number one Lydia Ko has climbed the leaderboard into a tie for sixteenth after three rounds of the latest LPGA tour event in Thailand.

Lydia Ko at a promotional event, 2017.

Lydia Ko at a promotional event, 2017. Photo: Photosport

After making a slow start to the season last week at the Australian Open, where she finished in a tie for forty-sixth, Ko hit her straps on moving day in Thailand.

The 19-year old struck five birdies and one bogie for a four-under par third round of 68 and a tournament score of seven-under par.

That was good enough to move Ko up eight places from twenty fourth, but short of closing the yawning gap that the runaway leader, Amy Yang had opened on the field.

The Korean fired a third round 65 to follow scores of 67 and 66 in Chonburi that had her five strokes clear of second place at 18-under par.

Meanwhile, Auckland golfer Ryan Fox was two under through seven holes in his third round at the Joburg Open when play was suspended by lightning.

Ryan Fox, Perth, 2016.

Ryan Fox, Perth, 2016. Photo: Photosport

At six under for tournament, Fox was tied for thirty-fourth five strokes behind the leader, Paul Waring of England.

The event has been reduced to 54 holes due to course flooding.

New Zealanders on the latest PGA tour event in Florida, Danny Lee and Steven Alker missed the cut after compatriot Tim Wilkinson withdrew during the first round.

American world number 14, Ricky Fowler had a four stroke lead through 54 holes at thirteen under for the tournament.