New Zealander shoots 65 after a 1st-round 64 for a 1-stroke lead as she seeks to end 2½-year winless stretch on LPGA
2: Number of consecutive birdies that New Zealand’s Lydia Ko made on the final two holes to complete a 6-under 65 on Friday and retain the lead at the Marathon LPGA Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Ko made 4s on the twin finishing par 5s, Nos. 17 and 18, to get to 13-under 129 at Highland Meadows Golf Club, one stroke ahead of England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who was paired with Ko and shot a bogey-free 63. Ko, who already has amassed 15 victories on the LPGA at age 23, has not won in nearly 2½ years. She is a two-time winner of the Marathon, in 2014 and 2016. Ko ran off four straight birdies to start her round before three bogeys stunted her momentum in midround. Ko has birdied 17 of her 36 holes through two days. American Danielle Kang, who shared the first-round lead with Ko, shot 67 and held solo third at 11-under 131 (scores).
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