Ko shares early lead
Lydia Ko has bounced back from a turbulent start to the year offcourse to share a slice of the lead at the Women’s Australian Open.
The former world No 1 shot 68 in the opening round at the Kooyonga Golf Club in South Australia to be tied for the lead with seven other players on -4.
Ko, who has been widely criticised leading into the first LPGA Tour event of 2018 for yet another shake-up of her support staff, shot four birdies in her opening round with 14 pars.
It was revealed on Tuesday that Ko had replaced coach Gary Gilchrist with former PGA Tour professional Ted Oh, while Johnny Scott had replaced Peter Godfrey as Ko’s caddie.
The changes appeared to have worked for Ko in the opening round yesterday. Ko, 20, started her round on the back nine and made a strong start with a birdie first up on the par-4 tenth hole.
She picked up two more birdies on the par-5 16th and the par-4 18th to be three-under at the halfway point of her opening round.