Last hole bogey costs Lydia Ko share of lead

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 09:31 21/03/2014
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KO ON FIRE: A two-week break has ignited Lydia Ko into top form in the latest LPGA Tour event.

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A two-week break ignited Lydia Ko into form, but even an opening round five-under 67 wasn't enough to put the 16-year-old inside the top-10 of the latest LPGA Tour golf tournament.

Ko got to six-under, but a mistake at the last cost her a shot and she will start tomorrow's second round in a tie for 11th.
She was three behind South Korean leader Mirim Lee, who birdied six of her last eight holes.

Ko, one of the first golfers on the Wildfire Golf Club course this morning, held the outright lead then had a share.

But a bogey-five at Wildfire's ninth - her 18th - dropped her back to five-under only for a host of afternoon players to better her opening effort.

Ko parred her first hole, Wildfire's 10th, but then got hot in a nine hole stretch which featured just one more par.

She birdied the 11th, gave that shot straight back on 12 before making birdies on five of the next six holes to turn with a five-under 31.

She started her back nine comparatively sedately with three pars before picking up her seventh birdie.

Behind leader Lee is American Morgan Pressel who was on track to break 60 when she got to nine-under through 11-holes.

Pressel dropped two shots to give Lee the lead, but stayed in front of a eight-way tie for third at six-under which includes world No 1 and Ko's playing partner Inbee Park, world No 3 Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and 2011 tournament winner Karrie Webb.

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