Golf: Lydia Ko's hot form continues in second round to be five shots off lead at LPGA Thailand

Lydia Ko has continued her hot form to be five shots off the lead at the LPGA's Honda Thailand event after shooting a second-round score of five-under par at Chonburi. 

Ko started the day in a share of fifth, two shots off the lead and immediately made headway into the leaders.

She came out of the clubhouse in breathtaking fashion, which saw her iron game at its stellar best to record three birdies in her opening four holes to see her join the leaders at nine-under par.

But the world No. 8 hit a major roadblock as she made a meal of the par-four fifth, where she recorded a double bogey to see her fall back to three behind the leaders. 

The Kiwi rebounded well with a par at six before picking up her fourth birdie of the day at the par-five seventh to move to a share of fifth. 

Ko finished her front nine in classy fashion. After finding the bunker, the Kiwi produced a terrific shot from the sand before making a tough par putt to see her make the turn four shots off the pace. 

The 24-year-old started the back-nine in great fashion with another beautiful iron shot that landed inches from the pin to give the Kiwi a tap in birdie.  

Her hot form continued with another birdie at the par-three 12th before a poor iron shot found the bunker at 13. She couldn't get up and down and saw her drop her second shot of the day. 

Ko got back to her best with a terrific putt from the edge of the green to grab her seventh birdie of her second round. 

After two consecutive pars, Ko finished with her eighth birdie of the day on the final hole to card a five-under 67 to be just five shots off the lead heading into the weekend. 

Ko is in a share for fourth alongside Mexican Gaby Lopez and Danish player Nanna Koerstz Madsen at 11-under par.

Thai player Patty Tavatanakit leads the tournament after back-to-back rounds of eight-under 64, which was highlighted by an eagle on the last to give her a a three-shot lead over compatriot Atthaya Thitkul who is at 13-under par.