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Ko surges to fifth in LPGA opening round

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

Lydia Ko responded to the heat on her world No.1 ranking by unfurling a near-flawless opening round at the LPGA Tour event in Williamsburg, Virginia.

New Zealander Ko shares fifth place after opening with a four-under 67 at the Kingsmill Championship, leaving her two strokes behind American leader Lexi Thompson.

One bogey, on the sixth hole, spoiled a round which featured five birdies.

She parred the last seven holes, where others struggled in breezy conditions.

Ko hasn't won a tournament since July, putting her 19-month reign as world No.1 under serious threat this week.

Her opening round eclipsed that of her nearest pursuers for the top spot.

Second-ranked Korean So Yeon Ryn shot 70 while tournament defending champions Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand managed 72.

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