Ko puts U.S. Open fade behind her to take Marathon co-lead

Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:15pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko surged into a share of the halfway lead with a five-under-par 66 in the second round at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio on Friday.

Ko gathered six birdies in a testing breeze on the Highland Meadows course to join South Korean Kim Hyo-joo (68) at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of American Alison Lee and South Korean Jang Ha-na, with Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand among a trio two shots back.

American Brittany Lang, winner of the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday, shot 69 to trail by five strokes.

Lang captured the Women's Open after third-round leader Ko faded in the final round with a 75.

But the South Korean-born Kiwi sounded philosophical about her inability to close out what could have been a third major victory in four starts.

"Hopefully I get in that position again," she told reporters. "I didn't feel that down or disappointed. There were just so many positives to take from it.

"Every week is a new week (and in) this wind (today) I feel like my score is a pretty solid one."

Former child prodigy Michelle Wie continued her recent poor play to miss the cut after shooting 69 77.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

 
Jul 10, 2016; San Martin, CA, USA; Lydia Ko tees off the second hole during the final round of the women's 2016 U.S. Open golf tournament at CordeValle Golf Club. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports