Ko shares early lead

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport -

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.

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