Sport Ko leads Gainbridge LPGA after superb opening round

04:06  28 january  2022
04:06  28 january  2022 Source:   skysports.com

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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.

Lydia Ko leads after the opening round © Getty Lydia Ko leads after the opening round

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.

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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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