16 Jul 2016

Ko surges into Ohio lead

6:01 pm on 16 July 2016

The world golf number one Lydia Ko has surged into a share of the lead at the halfway stage with a five-under-par 66 in the second round of the latest LPGA event in Ohio.

Ko gathered six birdies in a testing breeze on the Highland Meadows course to join South Korean Kim Hyo-joo (68) at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of American Alison Lee and South Korean Jang Ha-na, with Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand among a trio two shots back.

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko. Photo: Photosport

American Brittany Lang, winner of last week's U.S. Open, shot 69 to trail by five strokes.

Lang captured the Open after third-round leader Ko faded in the final day with a 75.

But the Kiwi sounded philosophical about her inability to close out what could have been a third major victory in four starts.

"Hopefully I get in that position again," she told reporters. "I didn't feel that down or disappointed. There were just so many positives to take from it.

"Every week is a new week (and in) this wind (today) I feel like my score is a pretty solid one."