Ko tied for fifth at LPGA Classic; Alker second

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 12:44 09/08/2014
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Lydia Ko smiles after making a birdie on the first hole of the second round.

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Kiwis continue to track well on the professional US golf tours this week with both Lydia Ko and Steven Alker in top five positions.

After two rounds Ko is in a tie for fifth at the LPGA Classic in Michigan while Alker is second at the Charity Championship on PGA Tour feeder circuit, the Web.Com tour.

Ko shot 68 today at Blythefield Country Club to go one better than yesterday's opening round to be on five-under par - good enough for a five-player tie for fifth at halfway. 

The tournament is Ko's first after a fortnight off, coming off a win in her last competitive event and setting the crosshair on a piece of history next week, where she could become the youngest ever major champion. 

Former world number one, Korean Inbee Park, leads the way on 10-under par, one stroke clear of Denmark's Suzann Pettersen, two clear of compatriot Mirim Lee and five clear of Ko and the rest of the pack in fifth. 

Meanwhile, Hamilton professional Alker, who is set for some level of exemption on the PGA Tour next year, has moved up to tied second after today's second round of the Charity Classic. 

Carding an impressive seven-under par 65 at Highland Springs Country Club, Alker, Australian Cameron Percy and American Scott Pinckney are locked on 12-under at the halfway point, one stroke behind American leader Michael Kim.

Alker is yet to card a bogey all week at the Missouri tournament.

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