Ko builds on rise with 63, leads by 2

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko keeps taking steps toward the top of women's golf again, making birdies on half of her holes for a 9-under 63 Thursday and a two-shot lead over Danielle Kang in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

Ko has been winning on the LPGA Tour for so long - she won her first title as a 15-year-old - that it's easy to forget she is only 24.

Ko, a 16-time winner on tour, has seen it all, from winning two majors and becoming No. 1 in the world, to watching her ball-striking, her results and her confidence plummet. She ended a nearly three-year drought by winning in Hawaii last year. She is back to No. 3 in the world.

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Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Danielle Kang $225,000
2 Brooke Henderson $177,229
3 Gaby Lopez $128,567
4 Celine Boutier $89,754
5 Nelly Korda $89,754
6 Yuka Saso $65,497
7 Jessica Korda $54,823
8 Pajaree Anannarukarn $45,606
9 Inbee Park $45,606
10 Matilda Castren $37,842
11 Lydia Ko $37,842
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