Ko on the clock again, survives Women's British cut


WOBURN, England – Lydia Ko rallied on the back nine Friday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open to keep her almost perfect record intact.

In 81 LPGA starts coming to Woburn Golf Club this week, Ko had missed just one cut.

With back-to-back birdies coming home in the second round, she will avoid missing a second.

Ko’s 2-under-par 70 moved her to even par overall, inside the cut line. She posted the score under some back-nine pressure being on the clock for slow play. Ko’s group also was on the clock on the back nine of Thursday’s round. Ko will start the weekend 11 shots off the lead.

“Going into today, my goal was to make it and play all four days,” Ko said.

And now?

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“I've just got to stay positive,” she said. “There are still 36 holes to go, and you never know at these major championships. Coming down [the stretch] with the pressure, when you're leading, you just never know ... I can't get too ahead of myself. I'm just going to focus on my game, one shot at a time, and, hopefully, a few more putts drop.”

Ko’s group has been warned it was “out of position” in both rounds of the Women’s British Open. Linda Wessberg, also in that grouping, confirmed that both she and Ko got a bad-time warning after being put on the clock. A second bad time would have resulted in a one-stroke penalty, but both players avoided that. Ko said it added to the challenge of coming home with a good score.

“It’s kind of hard when you are on the clock and you know you need to make birdies,” Ko said. “It’s hard when you’re missing fairways and then you know you need to make putts.

“I just tried to stay to my routine. Even though you are going to your pace, you feel like you’re playing a little faster, because you don’t want to be over time. But it’s our fault for getting out of position. I think we all dealt with it fine and made birdies.”