Bogeys see Lydia Ko slide back at British Open

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 23:30 11/07/2014
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GOING BACKWARDS: A triple-bogey at the eighth and a double-bogey at the 16th curtailed Lydia Ko's second round at the British Open.

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Lydia Ko's major championship struggles continue.

A rare triple-bogey then a dagger double-bogey late in her second round curtailed the Kiwi's hopes of moving into contention at the women's British Open tonight (NZ time).

The world No 2-ranked golfer started her second round in a share of 10th just four shots off the lead but a seven at the par-four eighth - and a six at the par-four 16th - put paid to an early charge. She is languishing nine shots behind leader Mo Martin of the USA.

One of the first players out in the second round, Ko had to settle for a four-over par 76 to be four-over for the tournament and in a tie for 34th on a tough day for scoring at Royal Birkdale.

First round leader Ayako Uehara of Japan fired a seven-over 79 to drop to +3.

Starting at even-par, Ko dropped a shot at the par-four first but recorded birdie threes at the next two holes to move to one-under and a brief share of sixth.

After a string of pars, Ko's round unravelled when she triple-bogeyed the eighth and then dropped another shot at the par-three 12th.

Majors tend to be won by players who minimise the damage on the bad holes and Ko simply wasn't able to achieve that today.

She did manage to birdie the par-five 15th and 18th holes coming home but undid that good work with a double-bogey six at the 16th then another dropped shot at the par-five 17th.

The Kiwi is bidding to become the youngest winner - man or woman - of a golf major, this week at the famous Birkdale course in Southport, north of Liverpool.

But despite her incredible success on the LPGA Tour, the 17-year-old has generally struggled in the majors and in 10 attempts has not been in contention apart from a runner-up finish at last year's Evian Championship in France.

The other New Zealander in the field, Cathryn Bristow, improved on her first-round 13-over 85 with a 10-over 82, which will see her miss the cut by 17 strokes.

Bristow compiled two double-bogeys - at the par-four third and eighth holes - and six bogeys, kept out of last place only by England's Holly Aitchison at +24.

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