Lydia Ko off the pace
Hometown favorite Lydia Ko finished five off the pace at the LPGA’s New Zealand Women’s Open Thursday as England’s Jodie Ewart Shadoff and Brooke Henderson of Canada made the most of calm conditions.
Ewart Shadoff and Henderson both capitalized on early starts to finish seven under par on 65, setting a joint course record at Auckland’s Windross Farm.
Ko, 20, the world No.8, faced more blustery conditions late in the day and carded 70 for a share of 20th.
The $1.3 million tournament is being held at the new Windross Farm course south of Auckland. It was previously co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, with Ko winning in 2016, 2015 and 2013.