Golf: Ko fires second straight 71

World No 1 amateur golfer Lydia Ko has kept alive her perfect record of never missing a cut in a professional tournament.

The 15-year-old, who began the second round of the Lotte LPGA Championship in Hawaii in a share of 52nd place, climbed to tied 28th after round two with a one-under par 71 today (Fri) in the blustery conditions.

The New Zealand rep, who is the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour after her victory at the Canadian Open in 2012, has never missed a cut in the 16 professional events she has played over the past three years.

Ko, who will celebrate her 16th birthday next Wednesday, carded two birdies and a bogey at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu to be eight shots back from the leader Suzann Pettersen of Norway who leads by one after rounds of 65 and 69.

In her 16 professional events Ko has won three times, finished runner up twice and finished as the leading amateur in three major championships in what is a remarkable record.

Ko is playing her in seventh event on the LPGA Tour after she finished as the low amateur, and in a share of 25th place, at the season opening major Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Following this event Ko will return to New Zealand for some down time with her family before she plays the World Ladies Championship on the JLPGA Tour from May 9-12 in Japan.

-APNZ

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