Lydia Ko is a machine.
The 17-year-old women's world No. 1 fired yet another under-par round on Friday at the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. The 2-under 70 at Aviara Golf Club has Ko three shots behind joint leaders Morgan Pressel and Mirim Kim heading into the weekend.
That score also marks the 26th consecutive round where Ko has broken par. That puts her just three shy of the LPGA record of 29, held by Annika Sorenstam and done in a 2004 stretch. That year, Sorenstam won eight times, including a major, and finished the season with a scoring average of 68.7 -- the lowest of her hall-of-fame career. The last time Ko didn't break was an even-par effort in the final round of last year's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
By comparison, Tim Petrovic holds the PGA Tour records for most consecutive rounds under par at 26.
Ko wasn't aware of the record until Friday.
"I didn' t know that the record was 29 until I saw it on Twitter," Ko said.
However, her philosophy on approaching Sorenstam's mark may be the reason she breaks it.
“I don’t know all the records and all the details on that," Ko said Friday, "but like I always say, I’m going to try and have fun, and if I play good golf and kind of broke some records, great."
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