Daniel Richardson

Daniel Richardson is a Wellington-based sports journalist for NZME. News Service.

Golf: Ko remains in touch at LPGA Championship

Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York. Photo / Getty Images
Lydia Ko watches her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York. Photo / Getty Images

Lydia Ko made four birdies on the back nine during her third round of the LPGA Championship as she stayed in touch with the leaders during the hunt for her first major crown.

The 17-year-old fired a one-under 71 today that saw her slide to a share of fifth place at six-under and she is four strokes back from leader Brittany Lincicome (-10).

Big names Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen are in a share of second at nine-under, while Mirim Lee holds outright fourth at seven-under.

Ko's day began poorly at the Monroe Golf Club in New York as she made three bogeys and a birdie through her first 10 holes but she finished well with four birdies and a bogey during her last eight.

While she is four back from Lincicome, Ko has the ability to shoot a low round to make a run on the final day and it's something she has been hinting at throughout the tournament but too many bogeys have proved costly this week.

If Ko was to win the LPGA Championship, she would become the youngest major winner of all time and would also climb to No 1 in the world rankings.

- APNZ

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