Lydia Ko of New Zealand reacts to her shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the LPGA Malaysia golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Lai Seng Sin
February 20, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) No. 1-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand, helped by a chip-in eagle, took a share of the second-round lead Friday with South Korea's Jang Ha-na and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand at the Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne.

The 17-year-old South Korean-born Ko, playing her second tournament since becoming the youngest golfer, male or female, to earn the top ranking, shot a three-under 70 while Jang finished with a 69 and Jutanugarn a 71, giving the leaders 36-hole totals of 6-under 140.

England's Charley Hull, the Ladies European Tour's top money winner last year, was in fourth place after a 71, two strokes behind.

American Jessica Korda, the 2012 champion at Royal Melbourne, shot 71 and was in fifth place, three strokes off the lead.

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