Lydia Ko makes cut but needs improvement

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 16:45 29/03/2014

Relevant offers

Golf

Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson remains in touch at Puerto Rico Open Mark Hutson leads by five shots at NZ stroke-play championships Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson charges up the leaderboard with blistering 63 World No 1 Lydia Ko misses second cut of professional career at Kia Classic Mark Hutson and Amelia Garvey in control at the New Zealand strokeplay championships Pair of late birdies can't prevent Lydia Ko from over-par round to start latest LPGA event Mark Hutson sets early pace at NZ Stroke Play Championship Lydia Ko hits form as No 1 spot comes under imminent threat ‚ÄčTiger Woods tells the bald truth ... but enough about hair Tearful Australian golfer Jason Day withdraws mid-round at WGC-Match Play event

Lydia Ko has climbed 49 places up the leaderboard to comfortably make another cut on the LPGA Tour today.

After a disappointing two-over par first round 74 at the Kia Classic in California, Ko relied on an excellent putting display to get back into red numbers with a four-under par 68 to be in a tie for 22nd on two-under overall.

Eight shots behind 36-hole leader, American Dori Carter, a low third round will be needed by Ko tomorrow morning (NZT) if she is have a shot at an unlikely win.

If the unlikely is to happen, however, it will require a dramatically improved iron game from the young Kiwi.

Over the first two rounds Ko has hit a modest 23 of 36 greens, putting pressure on her short game to scramble pars. She was able to get away with it, thanks to taking just 26 putts.

Bogey-free today and after a one-under front nine of 35, Ko came home strongly with birdies on 12, 17, 18.

The scoring improvement will be a relief for the New Zealander who is yet to miss an LPGA cut.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content