Lydia Ko makes cut but needs improvement

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

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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.

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- Fairfax Media

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