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Lydia Ko shoots 65 to take lead in South Korea

Lydia Ko birdies final hole for 7-under 65 and 1-shot lead in LPGA Tour event in South Korea

Lydia Ko shoots 65 to take lead in South Korea

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- Lydia Ko made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

The 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander moved into position to regain the No. 1 spot in the world from South Korean star Inbee Park, one of her playing partners Friday. Ko would take the top spot with a victory and also could move up under other scenarios.

Ko had a 10-under 134 total on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

Park was tied for 25th at 3 under after a 72.

American Lexi Thompson was second after a 67.

Sung Hyun Park, the first-round leader after a course-record 62, had a 74 to drop into a tie for third at 8 under with fellow South Korean player Yoon-Ji Cho.

Updated : 2021-09-21 07:28 GMT+08:00