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Uribe overtakes teenager Ko in Australia

updated 9:12 AM EST, Fri February 15, 2013
Colombian Mariajo Uribe snatched the lead from Kiwi Lydia Ko at the Women's Australian Open
Colombian Mariajo Uribe snatched the lead from Kiwi Lydia Ko at the Women's Australian Open
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Colombian Mariajo Uribe usurps Lydia Ko to take the lead at Women's Australian Open
  • Uribe shoots six-under to take the lead by one shot from 15-year-old New Zealander
  • Ko had led after day one with a round of 10-under but shot six worse on Friday

(CNN) -- Teenage sensation Lydia Ko followed up her record-breaking round of 10-under-par on day one of the Women's Australian Open with a score of 69, but it wasn't enough to retain the overall lead.

Colombian Mariajo Uribe, whose round of nine-under on Thursday was overshadowed by her 15-year-old rival, again kept a bogey off her card as a 67 took her one shot clear on 15-under.

Korean World No. 7 Jiyai Shin is hot on the heels of Uribe, her round of six-under drawing her level with Ko on 14-under as the trio gear up for a battle in Canberra over the weekend.

"I went out just wanting to get in the competition more, after two months without playing, so it was a fun round," Uribe told the tournament's official website.

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"I made good putts, took advantage of the opportunities and the same thing I did today. So I feel pretty good.

"It's funny because the tournaments I play better are the ones that I'm rusty or that I'm not hitting the ball that well. I think I come in with low expectations and things kind of happen.

"I believe in things that are meant to be and I feel it's meant to be for me to play good this week. Hopefully it stays like that for the weekend.''

It is the first time Uribe has led a tournament at the half way stage but she said she was comfortable with the expectation that brings: "I'm not the type of player who gets nervous. I love pressure. That's when I play better, usually.''

It was perhaps inevitable Ko wouldn't be able to repeat her heroics from day one but a steady round of four-under means she is well placed to launch an attack to claim the fourth tournament victory of her fledgling career.

"I think four-under is a pretty good score out there. I mean, it's not an easy golf course. I'm pretty sure it is a pretty good score for me," she said.

"I mean at some points, because my putting was so good yesterday when it didn't go in I was a little disappointed but I think I putted well out there and played well."

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