Ko co-leads ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Second Round — LPGA Tour — ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open — Royal Melbourne Golf Club — Melbourne, Australia —

Three are tied at 6-under par through 36 holes at the LPGA Tour’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open including Rolex Ranking No. 1 Lydia Ko.

Difficult playing conditions ballooned scores in round two action as several high-70s and low-80s rounds were posted including overnight leader Il Hee Lee. She opened the week with a 68 to lead and followed it up with an 82 featuring an avalanche of bogeys and double bogeys to tumble down the leader board to T-51 heading into the weekend.

Ko (70-70) is tied with Ariya Jutanugarn and Ha-Na Jang through two rounds at Royal Melbourne. Ko entered the week as a 4-to-1 betting favorite, while Jutanugarn was listed at 22-1. Jang was a 16-1 pick.

Ladies European Tour regular Charley Hull is alone in fourth place after back-to-back 71s, while Jessica Korda is T-5 alongside Amy Yang.

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