Lydia Ko shares fifth at the LPGA Championship

Last updated 11:52 17/08/2014
New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits her tee shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the LPGA Championship golf tournament in New York.
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Lydia Ko has kept a cool head to card a one under par round of 71 in the third round of the LPGA Championship in New York.

The Kiwi teenager was far from perfect with four bogeys in the opening 13 holes, but four birdies on the back nine to go with one on the second saw her finish the day in a tie for fifth, just four shots behind American leader Brittany Lincicome.

After starting the day in a tie for fourth, Ko dropped a shot on the second hole and despite a birdie on the following hole she struggled to make any headway on the leaders.

A bogey at the par three eighth, then another on the par four 10th saw Ko sliding down the leaderboard as light rain fell at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

However, as is the 17-year-old's way, she seemed unfazed by her situation and birdied the 11th and 12th holes to get her round back on track.

A bogey at the 13th proved a speed bump as she birdied the 14th and 17th to come home with a two under par 34.

Ko was particularly effective off the tee as she birdied three of the four par fives, but she dropped two shots on par threes.

With opening rounds of 70 and 69, her three round total of 210 means she will be in the hunt for the title when the final round tees off tomorrow morning (NZ time).

Lincicome finished the day just one shot clear of Norway's Suzann Pettersen who shot up the leaderboard with the day's equal best round of 67.

Pettersen shot six birdies to finish on nine under the card for the tournament in a tie for second with South Korea's Inbee Park.

Another Korean Mirim Lee is two shots back on seven under, with Ko, American Gerina Piller, and Korea's Meena Lee together on six under.

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