Lydia Ko, Ryan Fox chasing titles in Australia

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 20:24 15/02/2014

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Kiwi golfers are poised for a significant Australian double tomorrow, with Lydia Ko and Ryan Fox both hunting wins.

Young professional Fox leads the Queensland PGA Championship after 54 holes while Ko heads into the final round of the women's Australia Open tied third.

Ko is two strokes behind Korean leader Chella Choi who is on 13-under par, and had it not been for two bogeys around the turn today, the Auckland teen would have been tied for the lead.

After opening rounds of 68, Ko posted 69 this evening at Victoria Golf Club, getting off to a quick start with birdies at the first, third and sixth holes.

Dropped shots at the 10th and 12th stalled her round until she sprung into life spectacularly on the 17th.

Laying up on the par five, Ko holed a nine-iron from the fairway for an eagle three to halve the deficit between herself and Choi.

After the round Ko acknowledged what could have been, pointing to the twin bogeys and a number of putts which didn't drop.

"I had a couple of hick-ups making two bogeys, but then I made eagle on 17, I gave myself a good run at it," Ko said.

"I had a lot of lip-out's the whole day."

Meanwhile, Fox fired his third straight round in the 60's at City Golf Club in Victoria to lead the Queensland PGA.

After rounds of 61, 67 and 64, Fox has a one-shot lead over Australian Anthony Summers on 18-under par.

Australia's Stephen Dartnell is a further shot adrift and Brad Kennedy is three back in what is shaping up to be a four-horse race for the title.

Finally on the domestic Charles Tour, Hawkes Bay professional Doug Holloway birdied the final two holes of the Manawatu Golf Club today to claim a one shot lead at the LawnMaster Classic.

The 30-year-old, who opened with rounds of 67 and 68 to begin the day with a four shot lead, was put under pressure by Southland amateur Vaughan McCall and South Korean professional Dongwoo Kang and lost his lead midway through the third round. 

But the four-time Charles Tour winner rallied to birdie three of his last four holes to sign for a one-under par 71 to be one ahead of New Zealand No 1 McCall (67) with Kang (70) three shots back in third place.   

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