Golf: Kiwi Lydia Ko continues hot start at Evian Championship 'Major'

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has built on her encouraging start at the Evian Championship in France, moving to a share of fourth place with an excellent second round on Saturday (NZ time).

Beginning the day at three-under and in a 12-way tie for 11th, Ko shot 65 to climb the leaderboard at the LPGA's final 'Major' of the year.

At nine-under overall, the 24-year-old is still six shots off tournament leader, South Korea's Jeongeun Lee6 (15-under), with Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Pajaree Anannarukarn tied in second place (12-under).

Lee6's was the star of the day, her six-under 65 setting equalling the record for the lowest ever score by a female or male at a major, which was set by compatriot Hyo Joo Kim at the same tounrnament back in 2014.

Ko came on strong through the back nine, catching fire to notch five birdies through her last eight holes.

The Evian Championship holds fond memories for Ko, as the scene of her first 'major' win back in 2015.

"I've been hitting the ball really well leading up to this week and yesterday was kind of scrappy, but today I felt like I hit it a lot better and my irons were good," Ko said, after finishing her round.

"I'm just going to play with trust and conviction and hit it aggressively and just believe in myself and enjoy it."

It will be Ko's final hit out before the Tokyo Olympic Games, with the Kiwi looking to go one better than her silver medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.