RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Lydia Ko missed a chance to make some more history - and lost ground to the leaders Friday in the ANA Inspiration.
The 17-year-old Ko failed to break the LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par, closing with a bogey for a 1-over 73 at Mission Hills.
Needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to extend her streak to 30, Ko hit her second shot into the water after catching a flyer out of the right rough on her layup attempt. After a penalty drop, her fourth shot rolled 15 feet past and she missed the putt.
On Thursday in the first major of the year, the top-ranked New Zealander shot a 71 to tie the record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2004. Ko's worldwide streak, counting her victory in the Ladies European Tour's New Zealand Women's Open, ended at 32.
Ko was tied for 30th at even par, 7 strokes behind second-round leader Sei Young Kim. Before Ko started her afternoon round, Kim eagled the 18th for a 65 to get to 7-under 137.
HOUSTON - Andrew Putnam made a late charge to pass three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and take a 1-shot lead after two rounds of the Houston Open.
The 26-year-old Putman, who made his PGA Tour debut here a year ago, birdied six of his final nine holes on the Golf Course of Houston's front side for a 7-under 65. That matched the lowest score of the day and put him at 12-under 132.