Ko back in ma­jor run­ning

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - GOLF

Ly­dia Ko is within touch­ing dis­tance of adding an­other ma­jor golf ti­tle to her re­sume.

The Kiwi ace, who has strug­gled for her best form through­out the year, will start the fi­nal round of the Evian Cham­pi­onship in France just three shots back from the leader in a tie for fourth place.

Ko shot a sec­ond round 68 - match­ing her first round score - at the last ma­jor of the LPGA sea­son overnight (NZ time) to leave her at six un­der par, with leader Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land top­ping the leader­board at nine un­der.

The tour­na­ment has been re­duced to a three-round event af­ter rain and strong winds caused the first round to be aban­doned.

Ko be­gan her sec­ond round with a bo­gey on the par-five first hole but quickly re­cov­ered. She strung to­gether three con­sec­u­tive birdies on the third, fourth and fifth holes and added an­other on the eighth be­fore fin­ish­ing her round with 10 con­sec­u­tive pars.

Ju­tanu­garn also re­turned a sec­ond-round 68 af­ter shoot­ing 65 in the de­layed first round to lead by one shot from Ja­pan’s Ayako Ue­hara. Aus­tralia’s Kather­ine Kirk is alone in third spot at seven un­der while Ko shares fourth with the South Korean duo of In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park.

Ko, the 2015 Evian win­ner, is chas­ing her first tour­na­ment win in over a year, and is com­ing off a sec­ond-place at the Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship.

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