Ko leads Gainbridge LPGA after superb opening round

World No. 1 Nelly Korda is currently tied for 11th on four-under 64, while Daniella Kang trails leader Lydia Ko by two strokes.

Last Updated: 28/01/22 12:14am

Lydia Ko leads after the opening round Lydia Ko leads after the opening round

Lydia Ko leads after the opening round

Lydia Ko fired a nine-under 63 at Boca Rio on Thursday as she climbed to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida. 

A superb first round saw the Kiwi deliver three consecutive birdies on two separate occasions to help her finish the day two strokes ahead of American Danielle Kang.

The 24-year-old birdied four of the opening six holes after starting on the back nine, before producing three straight on the front nine.

India’s Aditi Ashok is a shot behind Kang on six-under 66 while Jeongeun Lee6, Yuka Saso, Charley Hull, Hye-Jin Choi, Nasa Hataoka, Gerina Mendoza and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are all tied on five-under.

Ko arrived in the tournament ranked third in the world behind American Nelly Korda, who is tied for 11th, and South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, who is not competing.

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