Golf: Lydia Ko overcomes bad start at Evian Championship

Lydia Ko.
Lydia Ko. Photo credit: Reuters

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has plenty of catching up to do after the second sound of the final women's golf major of the year, the Evian Championship in France.

The 2015-winner carded a one-under 70 to sit even par at the halfway stage of the tournament.

The 21-year-old started the round on the back nine and got off to a horrendous start with a double bogey on her second hole of the round, the par-four 11th.

It was her only blemish however as she birdied the 16th, then back-to-back on six and seven to finish her round.

Ko sits in a tie for 36th and trails the leading group, containing Amy Olson and Mo Martin of the USA, South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee and Puerto Rico's Maria Torres by eight shots.

Torres had shared the overnight lead with Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who sits in fifth place after a round of 70.