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Ko winds back the clock at latest LPGA Tour event

Author
Matt Brown and NZN,
Section
Golf,
Publish Date
Friday, 23 March 2018, 9:14AM
Lydia Ko is just off the lead Kia Classic in California. (Photo \ Getty Images)
Lydia Ko is just off the lead Kia Classic in California. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Lydia Ko has turned back the clock with a storming finish to her opening round at the latest LPGA Tour event in California.

The former world number one has carded a four under par 68 to be tied for second, just one shot off the pace at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad.

Ko shot birdies on five of her last nine holes to record a four-under 68 to be one shot off the clubhouse lead held by Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark.

It represents a much-needed glimmer of form the 20-year-old, who has slid to 15th in the world rankings.

Ko is winless for nearly two years and missed the cut last week in Phoenix following a steady but unspectacular start to the season.

More difficulties appeared to loom when she opened, on the back nine, with bogeys on holes 11 and 15.

One-over at the turn and with her fairway play looking shaky, she suddenly found her touch, particularly on the greens where she required just 25 putts.

It's a week before the first women's golf major of the year at the ANA Inspiration.

 

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