Lydia Ko slips back in LPGA Tour Championship in Florida

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Kiwi golf star Lydia Ko has fallen behind the pace at the LPGA's lucrative Tour Championship in Florida, tied for 12th in the season-ending event after a second-round one-under par 71.

NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 17:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during round two of the CME Group Tour Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club on November 17, 2017 in Naples, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during round two of the CME Group Tour Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.

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Ko, heading into today's second-round action (NZT) tied for third, produced an unremarkable display of two bogeys and three birdies.

Her efforts leave her six shots off the pace with an overall six-under, with Korean Sung Hyun Park riding high at 12-under overall.

Ko is joined on six-under by four other players.

Despite a winless season, Ko carries a slim chance of stealing the biggest monetary prize in women's golf at this week's event.

The Aucklander is ranked 12th on the CME Race to the Globe money list, but could still snare the $US1 million ($NZ1.4m) prize for the tour's leading points earner.

However the Korean-born 20-year-old would have to both win the Tour Championship and hope that a host of other golfers finish well down the field.

That appears unlikely based on her performances to date.

She'll tee off for her third round tomorrow (NZT).

Elsewhere, male compatriot Ryan Fox fell outside the top 10 at the European Tour's World Tour Championship in Dubai, hitting a second-round one-under par 71 to earn a six-under overall and tie for 11th place.

He hit five birdies and two bogeys on the back nine alone.

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