Lydia Ko takes lead midway through second round of Kingsmill Championship


Lydia Ko takes lead midway through second round of Kingsmill Championship
  1. Lydia Ko takes lead midway through second round of Kingsmill Championship
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    Lydia Ko has grabbed a share of the lead midway through the second round of the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA Tour, as she fights to maintain her world No 1 …
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Lydia Ko is right in contention at the Kingsmill Championship. SEAN M. HAFFEY

Lydia Ko is right in contention at the Kingsmill Championship.

Lydia Ko has grabbed a share of the lead midway through the second round of the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA Tour, as she fights to maintain her world No 1 ranking.

The Kiwi posted a second successive four-under 67 to move to eight-under through two rounds. She shared the lead in Virginia with American Brittany Lincicome, who was three-under through four holes of her second round.

The two players who are breathing down Ko's neck for the No 1 ranking, So Yeon Ryu and Ariya Jutanugarn, are back in the pack; Ryu is at three-under par and Jutanugarn one-over par, with both players early in their second rounds.

Ko was quick out of the gates on Saturday (NZT), notching a birdie at her first hole, the par-four 10th. A run of pars followed before she added three further birdies on the back nine, on both of the par-fives and the par-four fourth.

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After a mixed start to the 2017 season, Ko went into the event under real threat of losing the No 1 ranking after 82 weeks at the top.

Ryu can claim the mantle simply by recording a higher finish than Ko, with Jutanugarn going to the top if she picked up a significantly better result than the leading pair.

Ko is enduring the longest winless streak of her career, having gone 18 tournaments since her last win in July last year.

While the Kiwi hasn't hit the high standards of previous years, with at least three wins in each of her three full seasons on tour, she has had five top 10s and a runner-up finish last month in Hawaii.

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