Ly­dia Ko off the pace

Global Times - - Sports -

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.

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