Teen star Lydia Ko has taken an early lead at the Women’s Australian Open. Ko shot a 10-under 63 in the first round of the tournament according to a report from Thursday morning (Feb. 14). The 15-year-old is suddenly becoming the biggest name in golf and Ko appears to really be taking it in stride.
It was just last weekend that Ko won the New Zealand Women’s Open to become the youngest player to win a pr tour even in the history of women’s golf. Her accomplishment was recognized as one of the bigger sports stories of the year so far, but this weekend she is apparently looking to do even better.
Ko knocked in 11 birdies during her first round on the course, opening a huge lead over most of the field in early play. She has a few other golfers trying to keep pace on what looks like a pretty hot course though. The other leaders from day one include Colombia's Mariajo Uribe, who is a stroke back and South Korea's Jiyai Shin who is two behind after a 65. Canada's Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Ayako Uehara of Japan, and South Korea's Lee Mi-hyang shot 66 to be tied for fourth.
Ko, speaking about her first round score, stated that, "I was in a really good group to start off with. 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.''
Now teen star Lydia Ko will try to maintain her lead into the weekend and possibly become the youngest golfer to ever win consecutive tournament events.
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