Ko 2 off pace in Women's NZ Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 17, 2012
Fourteen-year-old Lydia Ko shot a three-under 69 to lie two strokes off the lead after Friday's opening round of her home tournament, the 54-hole New Zealand Women's Golf Open. Ko, who as the world's top-ranked amateur became the youngest winner of a professional tournament when she won last month's Women's New South Wales Open, had three birdies on her first nine but bookended two birdies with two bogeys on the way home. She finished tied for 14th as England's Kym Larratt, France's Joanna Klatten and New Zealanders Emily Perry and Lynette Brooky shot 67s to lead the tournament by one shot. Nine players were tied in second place at four under including Americans Jaclyn Sweeney, Hannah Yun, Danielle Kang, Gerina Piller, Amelia Lewis and Alison Walsh.
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