19 Feb 2012

Ko on top at NZ Open

8:28 am on 19 February 2012

The world amateur number one golfer Lydia Ko has the chance to win her second professional tournament in three weeks today.

The 14-year-old Aucklander has a six-way share of a one-shot lead heading into the final day of the New Zealand Open at Pegasus, near Christchurch.

Ko won the New South Wales Open at the end of January, becoming the youngest golfer in history to win a professional tournament, and on Saturday she showed her class in windy conditions to storm to outright top of the leaderboard with two holes to go in her second round.

But Ko bogeyed the 17th hole to end with another three under par 69, for a share of first place with five foreigners, at six under overall.

Another local amateur, Ko's Auckland rival Cecilia Cho, is the next-best New Zealander at 18th equal after an even par 72, four strokes back from Ko and co.

The two New Zealanders who were joint first round leaders are another shot back after slipping down the leaderboard into a share of 27th.

Senior pro Lynnette Brooky and Waikato amateur Emily Perry both carded four over par 76s.