While most of her friends are hitting the books, Lydia Ko is setting records. Teen star Lydia Ko shot a 10-under 63 on Feb. 14 to score an early lead in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open, according to a Feb. 14 Associated Press report.
15-year-old Ko, an amateur, won the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday for her third victory in a professional tournament. Last year, she won the New South Wales Open to become the youngest player to win a pro tour event. She also won the U.S. Women's Amateur.
The teenager scored 11 birdies, including opening with a bogey on the 10th hole. She then added four straight birdies and added an eagle on the par-5 15th. She bogeyed the 16th and birdied Nos. 17-18 to make the turn at 6-under 30 at Royal Canberra. Next up for the star were birdies on Nos. 2-4 and 6. She dropped a stroke on No. 8 and closed with no. 11.
“I was in a really good group to start off with,” said Ko, grouped with top-ranked Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie the first two rounds. “I was pretty nervous when I saw the draw that I was playing with two of the big names, but I mean the weather was beautiful, I think we all enjoyed our time out there.”
“I've got the Thailand Open next week and then the New Zealand LPGA Championship,” the high school student said. “After that, I will start opening books.”
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