Lydia Ko improves in her second major round

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Last updated 14:35 05/04/2014
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BACK IN IT: Kiwi Lydia Ko sits one-under halfway through her second round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Kiwi Lydia Ko has made the cut in her first LPGA major as a professional, after carding a two-under 70 in her second round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship near Palm Springs, California today.

Ko, who started the day at the Mission Hills Country Club at one-over, was much stronger off the tee in a consistent round - but didn't enjoy a strong day with her putter.

After two days, she sat in a tie for 19th on the leaderboard on one-under overall - well clear of the cut, set at five-over.

Regardless her mixed day on the greens, Ko was particularly impressive with her irons on the fairways - and was able to manage three birdies, on the 2nd, 8th and 13th.

The only real blemish came on the 15th, where she scored a bogie.

The 16-year-old New Zealander was satisfied with her final score and club selection today, but admitted her putting needed to improve.

"I hit the ball really well, and had a lot of good opportunities," she told Fairfax Media.

"I had a lot of good club selection. If you hit it straight with the right club here, you are right on.

"I missed quite a few putts out there, but two-under I think is a pretty good score."

Lexi Thompson sat at the top of the leader board at the end of the day, with the American draining eight birdies to rocket up to seven-under.

The performances of Michelle Wie have been the biggest talking point at the Mission Hills Country Club today. Wie sat third, just one shot off the lead, after her second round of 71 today.

The Kraft Nabisco Championship is Ko's first major as a professional. She would become the youngest major winner in golf history if she were to win it.

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