20 Jul 2014

Ko slips a little in Ohio

9:29 am on 20 July 2014

The teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has slipped slightly down the leaderboard following an inconsistent third round at the latest LPGA tour event in Sylvania, Ohio.

Lydia Ko at a tournament in Florida last year.

Lydia Ko at a tournament in Florida last year. Photo: AFP / Getty Images North America

The 17-year-old started her third round in a tie for second but dropped to outright fifth by the end of her round.

Ko shot three birdies and two bogeys for a 1 under par 70, which moved the world number two to 9 under for the tournament, just two shots behind the joint leaders South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace and American Laura Diaz.

Ko had dropped to as low as a share of 11th during her round, but birdies on the 17th and 18th holes pushed her right back into contention for her fourth LPGA tour title.