Golf: Lydia Ko to take a break, skip two LPGA events to prepare for US Open

Lydia Ko will skip the next two LPGA Tour events, as she steps up her preparations for the US Women's Open in June.

World No.8 Ko was in contention to win the Honda LPGA Thailand last weekend, two shots off the lead going into the final round, but could only finish tied 10th behind winner Ariya Jutanugarn.

Ko, who won the Lotte Championship last month, will skip the Pure Silk Championship in Virginia and a Las Vegas matchplay event, as she looks to secure her third Major title at the June 3-6 US Open at San Francisco, California.

"It's been a long stretch of events, so I'm looking forward to taking three weeks off and getting ready for the next stretch," the 24-year-old says.

Korean-born Ko last won a Major at the 2016 ANA Inspiration.