Lydia Ko six shots back of LPGA Thailand lead

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:50 21/02/2014
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EVEN START: Lydia Ko shot an even-par 72 in the first round of LPGA Thailand to be six shots back of leader Anna Nordqvist.

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New Zealand's Lydia Ko's opening round even-par 72 was good enough for a share of 25th at her latest LPGA Tour event.

Ko struggled to push the leaders at the LPGA Thailand tournament but scrambled well to nurse a handy-enough score.

She's six shots behind Swedish leader Anna Nordqvist who made six birdies and an eagle in her 66.

Ko's putting, usually one of the 16-year-old world No 4's strengths, had been slightly off in her last couple of tournaments, but seems to be sorted.

She had just 29 putts on the opening day at the Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course, the same amount as second placed Michelle Wie (five-under).

And putting wasn't easy, the slick and undulating greens appear tough enough already, but the greenkeeper opted to use some particularly tricky pin placements for the opening day.

Ko drove accurately as she normally always does, but it was her approach play that was slightly off and that limited the amount of decent birdie opportunities she had.

She hit just 12 greens in regulation, though her touch around the greens stopped her dropping out of contention in the 70-woman event.

Bogeys on holes two and seven had the world No 4 at two-over and well off the pace, but she pegged it back.

Having just made a bogey six at the par-five seventh, Ko birdied the par-three eighth and turned at one-over.

She picked up another shot on 13th after a fine approach shot left her a five-footer for birdie which she comfortably rolled in.

Only 24-players are under par so if Ko can score in red figures this afternoon (NZ time), she could well feature come Sunday's final round.

She tees off her second round at 3.12pm today alongside Korean Hall of Famer and five-time major winner Se-Ri Pak and American world No 10 Paula Creamer, also a major winner.  

Television coverage begins at 7pm.

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