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Ko lags by 8 shots after 71 in Malaysia

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Lydia Ko of New Zealand follows her shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the LPGA golf tournament at Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia © AP Photo/Joshua Paul Lydia Ko of New Zealand follows her shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the LPGA golf tournament at Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia New Zealander Lydia Ko has made an average start to her first tournament since parting with Australian caddie Jason Hamilton.

Ko carded an even-par 71 on Thursday's opening day of the LPGA Malaysia event in Kuala Lumpur to be eight shots off the pace.

The 19-year-old world No.1, using a local caddie, mixed three birdies with a double-bogey and a bogey to leave her in a tie for 30th.

Topping the leaderboard is South Korea's Amy Yang, who fired a blemish-free 63 to be two strokes ahead of American Marina Alex.

Ko and Hamilton were together for two years during which they teamed up for 13 victories, two of them in majors.

But Ko has failed to win since July, finishing tied for 51st in her previous tournament.

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