Lydia Ko slips back in second round in Bahamas

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 12:33 25/01/2014
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STILL IN CONTENTION: Lydia Ko has slipped back into a tie for fifth after the second round in the Bahamas.

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Lydia Ko has slipped back into a tie for fifth after the second round of the season-opening event on the LPGA Tour.

Ko, who shared the first-round lead with American Jessica Korda on five-under par, shot a three-under 70 this morning at the Ocean Club Golf Course in the Bahamas.

Eight-under par after 36 holes, Ko enters tomorrow’s third round well placed, just three shots back of Korda who is now the sole leader of the event after carding an excellent, seven-under par 66.

Birdies at the second, 10th, 11th and 12th holes had Ko four under this morning, only for bogeys on the 14th and 16th to hold her back before managing to recover one of those dropped shots with birdie on the 18th.

Statistically, Ko played better today than yesterday, with a more aggressive strategy off the tee increasing her average driving distance by 28 metres, while still managing to hit 12 fairways, the same as yesterday.

While taking one more putt than yesterday’s round (29), Ko only missed three greens all day.

The best round of the day belonged to American Paula Creamer, who posted an eight-under par 65 to jump from tied 24th into second, one stroke behind Korda.

The tournament's is Ko's first in her rookie season and just her second on the LPGA Tour since turning pro late last year.

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