Golf: Lydia Ko in the hunt at Australian Women's Open

Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty
Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty

Lydia Ko is right in the hunt to defend her title at the Australian Women's Golf Open in Adelaide.

Ko carded a third round four-under 68 to move to eight-under for the tournament, two shots off leader Jenny Shin.

The world No 1 started the third round at the Grange Golf Club in scintillating fashion, with birdies at the first four holes. A bogey at the fifth halted her progress, but she picked the shot back up at the par-three eighth.

Ko then had an even-par back nine of 36 to sign for the 68. Shin leads at 10-under, while Danielle Kang is alone in second at nine-under.

Ko earlier carded two rounds of two-under par 70 to date while no other Kiwis made the cut. She came into the event in good form, having won last week's New Zealand Women's Golf Open in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, Danny Lee has missed his first cut since October 2015, with his strong form stagnating at the Northern Trust Open.

Lee's recent run of success has seen him rise to a career-high 34 in the world golf rankings, but rounds of 72 and 71 weren't good enough to make the weekend at the Californian course.

The Kiwi number one finished his second round at one-over par, missing the cut by a solitary stroke.

Lee was in good company with his struggles, with world number one Jordan Spieth missing the cut after a horror first round 79.

American Jason Kokrak leads the tournament at 10-under par.

- NZ Herald

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