Lydia Ko has had a first round flop in South Korea.

The 19-year-old Kiwi world number one is in a tie for 63rd at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon following a three-over 75.

It could have been worse for Ko if it wasn't for a birdie-birdie finish to her round. She lies 10 strokes behind leader Alison Lee from the United States who shot a 65.

Ko, born in South Korea, is coming off a disappointing Taiwan Championship where she finished 20th, missing out on the chance to reclaim the lead from Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn in the world player of the year race.

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