Solid start to US Open for NZ golfer Lydia Ko

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 13:40 28/06/2013

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New Zealand golf star Lydia Ko made a solid start at her second United States Open today.

The 16-year-old had an even-par round of 72 to share 28th place after the opening round at the demanding Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York.

It is a good beginning for the world No 16 compared with the LPGA Championship a couple of weeks ago, when she played her way out of the championship with a five-over 77 on the opening day, but today's round could have been better.

After a bogey at the first, she reeled off three birdies in five holes to make the turn in two-under 33, but three bogeys and a lone birdie on the back nine saw her drop off the early pace.

She is only six shots behind the leader, South Korean Ha-Neul Kim, who opened with a six-under 66 to lead by one stroke from world No 1 Inbee Park.

Ko has finished as the leading amateur in all four majors she has contested, but it appears she has competition for that honour this week with two of her rivals off to a good start.

American Kyung Kim and Canadian Brooke Mackenzie Henderson opened with rounds of one-under 71 to be in a share of 17th place, while Chinese amateur Cindy Yueer Feng is tied with Ko.

An opening 67 has Park nicely positioned as the South Korean aims to become the first woman to win the first three major championships of the year, having already won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship.

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