Teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko has backed up her round one heroics to join Jiyai Shin in a share of the Australian Open lead this afternoon at Royal Canberra.
After capturing the public’s imagination with her brilliant ten-under 63 on Thursday, the 15-year-old has made four birdies to move to -14 through 28 holes.
The New Zealander made her move after Korean world no.8 Shin carded a six-under 67 this morning, backing up her 65 on Thursday.
Shin and Ko look to set to play together in the final pairing this weekend in a mouth-watering promoter’s dream.
Little-known Colombian Mariajo Uribe is the nearest challenger at 11-under through 28 holes, having begun the day at nine-under.
West Australian Kristie Smith, who won the Canberra Ladies Classic on the course four years ago, is in outright fourth at 10-under.
Smith has fired back-to-backs rounds of 68, but a double bogey on the par-three 13th today ruined her chances of being closer to the leaders.
Canberra’s Nikki Campbell is in a tie for 16th after blasting a bogey-free 70 on the par-73 layout.
Campbell was inspired by the presence of her mother Angela, who watched her from the galleries in a wheelchair as she recovers from a bad fall.
American Jessica Korda (70-69) also remains a chance to defend her title after moving to within seven strokes of the lead.
However, Australian legend Karrie Webb is in grave danger of missing the 70-player cut, currently in a tie for 63rd place at one-under.