Lydia Ko stays proper in competition for the US$1.5 million (NZ$2.1m) winner’s cheque within the LPGA Tour Championship in Florida, after one other spectacular sub-70 spherical on Saturday (NZT).
New Zealand’s world No 5 reached the midway stage of the profitable US$5 million event at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples at seven-under-par, after signing for a four-under second spherical of 68.
That positioned Ko seven photographs off the tempo, after Frenchwoman Celine Boutier scorched round in a seven-under 65 to construct a four-stroke lead at 14-under. Gaby Lopez (Mexico), Minjee Lee (Australia) and Mina Harigae (US) have been tied for second on 10-under, three forward of Ko.
Ko backed up her first spherical 69 with 5 birdies in her second spherical, and her solely blemish on the par-four fifteenth when she made bogey. She bounced again with birdie on the par-five seventeenth.
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Her enjoying companion Jin Younger Ko of South Korea shot 67 to be the clubhouse chief after the morning finishers, on eight-under for the event.
Lydia Ko continued her sizzling type in 2021 which included 10 top-10 finishes, the most recent when runnerup to world No 1 Nelly Korda in a four-way playoff on Monday (NZT).
That boosted Ko’s profession earnings to US$12.25 million, shifting her into the all-time top-10 on the LPGA Tour cash record.