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Ko slumps to 91st at Women's British Open

NZN 28/07/2016

Lydia Ko faces a titanic job to get into contention at the Women's British Open after slumping to 12 shots off the lead on the opening day.

The world No.1 was well below her usual lofty standards, carding four bogeys at the Woburn Golf and Country Club in Milton Keynes, dropping shots on each of the last two holes.

The New Zealand 19-year-old's two-over par 74 leaves her in a share of 91st and in a contest just to make the cut, let alone win a third major title.

Her other bogeys came on the third and seventh holes while she picked up shots on the fourth and 12th, with uncharacteristically loose approach play letting her down. She also missed a number of key putts on the sloping greens of the Marquess' Course.

"My short game wasn't that great to cover up for the missed shots and when I did hit it close the putts didn't go in," Ko told reporters.

"When that's the case you're not going to shoot a low score. Hopefully I'll have a low one tomorrow and get back into it."

The two leaders have a familiar look to Ko.

Korean Mirim Lee (62) and second-placed Thai Ariya Jutanugarn (65) are the pair the Kiwi duelled with in a three-way play-off at the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio two weeks ago.

Ko prevailed on the fourth play-off hole to secure her fourth title of the year before taking a break last week.

It is Ko's fifth appearance at the Women's British Open, having recorded a best finish of third last year at Turnberry in Scotland.

Since then she has picked up major titles at the Evian Championship and ANA Inspiration. She then finished in the top three at the Women's PGA Championship and US Women's Open.

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