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Ko sits close to cut in title defence

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/06/2017

The defending champion, Ko mixed four birdies with three bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. © Stacy Revere/Getty Images The defending champion, Ko mixed four birdies with three bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is hovering just above the projected cut after an uninspiring one-under 70 opening round at the NW Arkansas Championship tournament.

The defending champion, Ko mixed four birdies with three bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas.

She sits just one stroke ahead of the projected cut in the three-round LPGA tournament, alongside 18 others in a share of 53rd place.

World No.2 Ko is seven strokes astray of the first-round lead, held by eighth-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea.

Park leads by two from compatriot So Yeon Ryu, American Ally McDonald and Englishwoman Mel Reid, who aced the par-three 11th in a round which also included six birdies and two bogeys.

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