Ko aims to climb leaderboard

Lydia Ko smiles on the 18th fairway during day one of the New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater Golf Course, Christchurch.

10:54 AM  Kiwi world No 1 on the charge at Clearwater, going six-under on the front nine to be just one off the lead.

McIlroy battling to make cut

Rory McIlroy reacts after his drive on the 18th hole during the the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National GC Champion Course.

10:44 AM  Golf world No 1 struggling in wet conditions at PGA National, finishing a shot off the projected cut.

Ko let down by putting at Open

STAR ON SHOW: Lydia Ko was followed by a huge number of golf fans at Clearwater today.

The favourite for the NZ Women's Open did everything other than make putts in the first round.

Journeyman leads in Florida

EARLY LEADER: Jim Herman pulls driver from his bag on the eighth tee during his first round five-under at the Honda Classic.

American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after a 65.

Bookies only have eyes for Ko

BENCHMARK: Lydia Ko is a near unbackable $1.80 favourite to win her second Open in three years.

History and the nature of golf suggest Lydia Ko will not win the NZ Women's Open, but bookies disagree.

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