Lydia Ko Survives Singapore’s Humidity to Stay in Touch

Lydia Ko 2021, day 2 Singapore
Lydia Ko of New Zealand poses on her way to the 18th tee during the second round of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Lydia Ko has survived the humid Singapore conditions, including an early afternoon rain shower that made it hotter, to position herself perfectly going into the final two days of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Ko followed up her 3-under 69 on Thursday with a 4-under 68 on Friday to be 7-under for the tournament, four shots behind the joint leaders Hee Young Park and Inbee Park who are sitting on 11-under.

Ko shot five birdies and just one bogey for the day and said the course is allowing them to make some very gettable putts.

“I holed some really good putts, especially on my front nine today,” Ko said.

“There’s not as much wind, so I think for a lot of the pin positions, you can be pretty aggressive with. I think when you’re on the green, even when it’s 30 feet, the greens are rolling so good that you’ve got a good chance of holing them.

“So I think the course just being in really good condition makes it a lot easier for us not having to judge is it going to bounce or what is it going to do. So from that point, it’s I think just really nice to play a golf course like that.”

Ko thinks her game has been solid up to this point and looks forward to playing more aggressively on the weekend.

“For the most part, I feel like the game has been pretty solid, not making too many mistakes and I think that’s really important around here, especially it seems like some player is shooting a low one here and there.

“I’m just trying to keep up with the field, go with it, and just be aggressive and be confident when I’m out there playing.

“I think I’ve just got to focus on my game and see where it takes me and keep playing solid and stay cool out there and see where I end up on Sunday.”

A rain shower made conditions more humid during play but its not something that is getting under Ko’s skin.

“I think when it was raining, it was pretty cold, but you know when it’s over it’s going to evaporate and become even hotter. I think you just have to think it’s going to be humid out here, so I just take that into consideration, but I think for the most part today, we had a bit of cloud and especially on the front nine, I think we got off pretty good.”

Ko will tee off at 1.13 pm NZT on Saturday alongside Australian Hannah Green and Korean Amy Yang and the round will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 6 from 2.30 pm.

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