EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: KO HAS STEADY START IN FRANCE

12/09/2014

World No.3 Lydia Ko has made a solid start to the year’s final major, the Evian Championship in France.


The 17-year-old, who is trying to become the youngest major winner in history, opened with a two-under par 69 at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-Les-Bains to be in a share of 12th place.

 

The LPGA Tour Rookie will begin the second round eight shots back from Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea who blitzed the field with an opening round 10-under 61.

Kim’s 61 was the lowest round ever shot in a men’s or women’s major championship and set a new tournament record at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

The 19-year-old sits four shots ahead of World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb, who opened with a six-under 65 to take the early clubhouse lead.

Ko, the runner-up at the Evian Championship last year, was up and down in her round that included five birdies and three bogeys.

The three-time LPGA Tour winner comes into the Evian tournament after a two week break from the game to allow her wrist injury time to heal.

If she was able to win this week, Ko would become the youngest major winner in history and also the World No.1 for the first time.

It is 146 years since Young Tom Morris upset his father to win the Open Championship in 1868 and become the youngest major winner in history at the age of 17 years, five months and eight days.

 

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