Golf: Ko fights back in first pro round

By Jacob Steiner

Lydia Ko is in a tie for 30th after her first round as a professional.

Ko shot a one-under 71 to kick-start her bid for the LPGA Tour season-ending Titleholders tournament in Florida this morning.

Ko will be reasonably satisfied after finding herself three-over the card after seven holes, a poor start that included a double-bogey on the par four third.

Ko made another bogey at the seventh, missing a 2-foot putt for par.

"It was a silly mistake," Ko said. "I have a tendency to kind of jam the putt in with the short ones. I think I tried to do that, but on a slight downhill slope it was too much," she told the Golf Channel.

The 16-year-old promptly birdied the par three eighth and a tidy 33 on the inward nine put her back in contention for the tournament led by Germany's Sandra Gal at eight under.

"It didn't feel too odd or special," Ko said. "That actually surprised me. I thought I was going to be nervous."

- NZ Herald

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