Frustrating day for Lydia Ko at women's major

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 14:34 15/08/2014
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AVERAGE START: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko had a frustrating opening day at the LPGA Championship in New York.

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Consistency will be Lydia Ko's priority tomorrow morning (NZT) after an annoying start to the LPGA Championship.

The 17-year-old New Zealander begins tomorrow's second round four off the lead, but would have been just one back had it not been for three bogey's in a stretch of seven holes today.

In a week where victory would see Ko become golf's youngest-ever major champion and world number one, she began the challenge this morning with a solid enough two-under par opening round 70 - to be four behind 18-hole co-leaders Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee.

On a 101th tee start today, Ko began well at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, with birdies on three of her first seven holes.

After dropping a shot on the 18th, her ninth hole of the day, Ko grabbed the shot back soon after - only to leak two more bogeys at the end of her round.

A final hole birdie scrambled the day back somewhat and move back up into a tie for 16th.

Ko said she as relatively pleased with her first day's work - which included forgetting her ball marker and having to borrow a coin from an opponent's caddy so she could mark her ball on the greens.

"I think I played pretty good, two‑under to start at a major is, I think, pretty solid start," Ko said.

"I even forgot to bring my ball marker today, so I had to actually borrow a quarter from another caddy. So that wasn't a really good start, but I putted pretty good, so maybe I won't give the quarter back to him.

"I have to play my way through, and if I play like I did today, I think I'll be in good position."

Meanwhile, big-hitting American, Thompson, 19, says the course is to her liking.

''Coming into this week, I knew this course was going to be setup good for me,'' she said.

"I get to hit driver on every hole and I can reach some of the par-fives (in two shots), which is definitely an advantage."

Thompson and Korean Lee start the second round one shot ahead of a three-player tie for third with American Brittany Lincicome, Colombian Lisa McCloskey and Canadian Jennifer Kirby.

World number one Stacey Lewis is five shots off the pace, and one behind Ko, on one-under par.

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