Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ko Ties Sorenstam Record in First LPGA Major of Year

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ko Ties Sorenstam Record in First LPGA Major of Year

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. * Lydia Ko tied Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record with her 29th consecutive round under par, shooting a 1- under 71 on Thursday in the ANA Inspiration.

The 17-year-old Ko saved par on the par-4 seventh her 16th hole after hitting an approach shot through a gap in the trees. She hit a 6-iron to 18 inches to set up a birdie on the 158-yard, par-3 eighth and closed with a par on the par-5 ninth.

The top-ranked New Zealander started the streak in the first round of her victory last year in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Her worldwide streak is 32, counting her three rounds this year in her victory in the Ladies European Tour's New Zealand Women's Open.

Sorenstam set the LPGA Tour mark in 2004.

"I've talked to her a couple of times," Ko said about Sorenstam. "I would love to play with her one day. That would be really cool."

Also the Women's Australian Open winner in February the week before her New Zealand victory, Ko was four strokes behind leader Morgan Pressel's 67 in the first major championship of the season. …

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