Lydia Ko takes a two-shot lead at the Women’s Scottish Open after second straight 65 over Dundonald Links


Lydia Ko said she felt her second round on Friday wasn’t as strong as her opening round on Thursday. Her score indicates otherwise.

Ko fired her second straight 7-under 65, taking a two-shot lead to 14 under after the second round of the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. She leads Lilia Vu with two shots and Eun-Hee Ji with three heading into the weekend.

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For Ko, who posted her tour-leading 12th bogey-free round of the season, she’s getting closer to conquering left golf. Last year she finished in a tie for second place at this event.

With 36 holes to play, Ko is in the driver’s seat looking for another win.

“I had a few birdie opportunities today that I missed,” said Ko. “When I made the turn, I made a really good par on the 18th hole, my ninth. Then a good ride down hit the first, and I got some really good momentum. ”

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After going out in 1-under 35, Ko fired a 6-under 30 on her back nine, highlighted by a near hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth and an eagle on the par-5 fifth.

Ko has not won a major on the LPGA since 2019 and has not won a tournament since March.

The round of the day was for Ji, who shot an 8-under 64 to climb 15 places on the standings. Hye-Jin Choi, who led after the first lap, is tied for sixth after a 1-under 71 performance.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek