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Ko keeps birdie streak alive, but cards another over-par round

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lydia Ko didn’t know she was creating yet more drama at the 18th hole Saturday at the ANA Inspiration.

The Rolex world No. 1 stepped to the final tee box needing a birdie to keep her perfect record going with at least one birdie in every LPGA event she has ever played.

Ko delivered, holing a 12-foot putt for her only birdie of the day, giving her at least one birdie in all 49 LPGA events she has ever played, going back to when she started playing LPGA tournaments as an amateur. That’s 191 rounds with at least one birdie in her LPGA career.

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A day after watching her record-tying LPGA streak of consecutive rounds under par end at 29 after a shot in the water at the last hole, Ko chuckled that media was asking her about yet another streak.

“It’s always some statistic,” Ko said.

While Ko said she struck the ball better Saturday, she wasn’t satisfied with her putting. Her round of 2-over-par 74 left her 12 shots off the lead.

“I felt like my swing was closer to what it had been last week,” Ko said. “I didn't feel like it was that bad today, just couldn't get putts to drop.”

Ko, 17, will need a miracle Sunday to become the youngest major championship winner in the history of women’s golf, but she’ll have four more chances in majors this year to reach that feat.