World No.1 Lydia Ko has opened her title defence of the ask>metro Muriwai Open in style breaking her own course record with a five under par 67 to establish a six shot lead over New Zealand team-mate Emily Perry.

Superstar teenager Ko upstaged her playing partner Fox and the rest of the women’s field to lead by six.

Ko, who won the title last year by three shots from Auckland professional Phillis Meti, was at her accurate best in the wind as she made three birdies on the front nine and then backed it up with two more on the homeward side to break her course record by two shots.

“I felt a bit nervous at the start because things weren’t going exactly as I planned,” said the 15-year-old Ko.

“My second shot on the second hole – I don’t know how that went on the green but I made my first birdie there and it settled me down. I birdied all the other par fives.

“it is nice to be back playing an event in NZ, I haven’t played too many this year apart from the NZ Open and the NZ Stroke Play so it was good to be back and I had a bit of confidence from the Queen Sirikit Cup.

“Getting a course record is pretty special and to do it at a course like Muriwai is cool. It was tough out there today and I am really happy.

“There are not many tournaments in North Harbour and it’s nice to be at home rather than a motel.”

Perry, the 2010 Muriwai Open champion, was happy with her start which had a few highlights after a disappointing run at the Queen Sirikit Cup.

“I was a bit shaky the first few holes but I chipped in for eagle on the 12th and then another chip in on the par 3 3rd,” said the 21-year-old from the Lochiel Golf Club.

“I had another birdie on the sixth and then finished with a bogey. It was a bit up and down but I know the game is there. It’s nice to come back to a place where I have won before and the greens are really pure so I am looking forward to a good week.”



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