Lydia Ko has fired herself into contention at the LPGA’s Mizuho America’s Open in New Jersey, sitting one shot off the leaders at the halfway stage.
Beginning her second round at three-under and in a tie for fifth, Ko carded four birdies and one bogey on the second day and didn’t drop a shot on the back nine, to move to six-under for the tournament.
After a bogey on her third hole, Ko made back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh, and then another on the ninth to surge up the leaderboard and into contention.
The 26-year-old made one final birdie on the 10th, before finishing her second round with eight consecutive pars.
Ko sits a shot back from the pair of Australia’s Minjee Lee and Cheyenne Knight of the US, both at seven-under at the halfway stage.
Lee’s second round of eight-under, consisting of eight birdies without dropping a shot, saw her soar from 55th up to first after her second round.
Knight meanwhile began her day tied for fifth with Ko and made six birdies with two bogeys to gain a shot advantage over the Kiwi.
Overnight leader Lauren Hartlage of the US dropped down into a tie for 12th, after carding four-over in her second round, after opening with seven-under on the first day.