World No.1 Ko has blitzed the women’s field at the ask>metro Muriwai Open by 17 shots after shooting a course record seven under par 65 in the blustery conditions.

The superstar 15-year-old from the North Shore Golf Club got off to a fast start with a birdie at the second hole, an eagle at the sixth and consecutive birdies on seven and eight to be five under through eight holes.

The birdies dried up until the famous 18th hole at Muriwai where her ball fed off the back slope of the green to set up a birdie chance from 5m.

Ko calmly stepped up and drained the putt across the slope to break the course record she set in round one by two shots.

“It is pretty awesome,” said 15-year-old.

“I played well in Singapore and I hoped I would play well here as well and I did so I am happy. I shot better today than the last three days in total so I was happy.”

Ko, who has now set or equaled the course record at the West Auckland links three times was happy with how she played the last.

“I hit my second shot a bit big and a bit right but it came down off the bank to the right side of the green so I was pretty happy. Fortunately Munchin [Keh] was next to my ball and was putting first so I got a great line. It was really good.

“I have no idea how much I won by. I felt really confident and I knew that the score difference was quite big so there was no pressure on me.

“Hopefully my course record will stay a bit longer, I seem to play the best here on the windiest days I must be a wind-girl or something.”

Ko will play the upcoming North Shore 54 Hole Classic as she prepares to make her major debut when she plays the US Open in early July.

“I am really excited about it. I will be practicing hard for that as it is not a tournament that anyone can play. It is going to be awesome.”



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    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
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    4 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    5 Smail, Charlie 69.83
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    2 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
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