LPGA Tour rookies Jin Young Ko and Emma Talley are at the top of the leaderboard through two rounds of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Ko is already a winner on the LPGA Tour, having captured the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship a year ago, plus notching two other top-20 finishes. She took up full-time LPGA Tour membership this season.

Ko leads by three over Talley after a 3-under-par 69 on Friday. 

The 22-year-old also held the 36-hole lead when she went on to win the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship. In fact, she led that championship wire-to-wire, and said she would lean on that experience moving through the weekend in Australia.

Talley, meanwhile, is coming off a solid Symetra Tour campaign and is showing promise in the early days of her rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour, having made the cut at the first event of the season.

Talley won on the Symetra Tour a year ago but this is the first time she’s been close to the lead on the LPGA Tour – sitting just three shots back of Ko at 7-under par through two rounds.

Ji Yai Shin who won at Royal Canberra last week is looking to make it two in a row down under, and currently sits four off the lead at -6 alongside compatriot Sun Young Yoo.


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