Lydia Ko fights back but lags behind at US Open

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 11:04 22/06/2014
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OUT OF LUCK: Lydia Ko chats to her caddie Mike 'Fluff' Cowan at the 13th hole in the third round of the US Open.

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Lydia Ko won't feature near the top of the leaderboard in tomorrow's final round of the US Women's Open golf tournament, but she has shown impressive fight at the difficult Pinehurst No 2 course in North Carolina.

Ko shot an opening round six over 76 on Friday (NZT) in the second women's major of the year and was in danger of missing the cut for the first time in her career.

She shot a one-over 71 yesterday to stay under the cut line by a couple of shots and today carded the same score.

Her four-bogey, three-birdie 71 today had the 17-year old world No 3 in a tie for 23rd as she steadily rises up the leaderboard.

This is Ko's third US Open; she's finished in ties for 36th and 39th in her previous two.

One of Ko's idols sits atop the leaderboard. Despite a two-over 74, American Michelle Wie retains the lead heading into the final round, though she has been joined at two-under par by Korean Amy Yang who carded a two-under 68 today.

The pair have a four-shot lead over four players at two-over par, including American Juli Inkster, playing in her 35th and probably final US Open, who showed the course was beatable by recording a four-under 66 today.

Most players have battled on the dry Pinehurst No 2 course which the men's US Open was played on last week. 

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