Lydia Ko in action during the 2nd round in the Australian Women's Open. Photo: Colleen Petch
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.
Second round of the Australian Women's Open
The action during the second round of the Australian Women's Open at Royal Canberra Golf Course. Photo: Colleen Petch
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.