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Ko ties Annika mark for consecutive rounds under par

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lydia Ko battled through windy conditions early to post a 1-under-par 71 Thursday at the ANA Inspiration, equaling Annika Sorenstam’s mark of 29 consecutive rounds under par in LPGA events.

LPGA officials said the streak is the best dating back to 1992, which is as far back as detailed LPGA tournament records go.

Ko, 17, struggled with her driver much of the round, hitting a number of pull hooks into the thick rough at the Mission Hills Dinah Shore Course, but she fought to the finish, making a clutch par with a great escape at her 16th hole of the day to stay at even par and then a birdie with a terrific 6-iron at her 17th to get in red numbers.

“The record wasn’t really in my head, not when I was playing, because I was spraying it a little bit,” Ko said.

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Ko, the Rolex world No. 1, was at even par stepping to No. 7, her 16th hole of the day, where she hooked her tee shot behind a tree. She didn’t look like she had a shot at the green, but she made a brilliant recovery, hitting a low hook around the tree, running her shot up to 25 feet. She two-putted for par.

At No. 8,  her 17th hole of the day, Ko hit a 6-iron from 158 yards to 18 inches. That got her to 1 under. She stayed there with a par at the last.

Sorenstam set the LPGA mark in 2004.

“It’s pretty cool to tie Annika’s record,” Ko said.