Lydia Ko makes solid start at Canadian Open

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 09:58 22/08/2014
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SOLID: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko had a solid day at the office after kicking off her defence of the Canadian Open.

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Lydia Ko battled a cold putter, but got her Canadian Open defence off to a solid rather than spectacular start.

The 17-year-old shot a two-under 70 at the London Hunt and Country Club on Friday and while she finished her round seven shots off the lead, she'll be confident that if she can get her putter going, she is still a chance to win the Canadian Open for a third straight year. 

Ko mixed three birdies with a solitary bogey in her opening round in Ontario. She drove accurately and hit 14 greens in regulation, but fell short of her usual high standards with the putter. 

She didn't putt poorly, but she struggled to sink anything, especially on the back nine. 

Her accuracy in the rest of her game kept her on the right side of par and the world No 3 ended the opening round in a tie for 34th.

Ko is seven back from major winner and new course record holder So Yeon Ryu who opened with a birdie-laden nine-under 63.

Ryu held a one shot lead over 2012 US Open Champion Na Yeon Choi.

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