LPGA 2021 - Gainbridge LPGA, Round One: Lydia Ko leads by 2, on 7-under 65
From LPGA Communications:
As the sun shone on the LPGA Tour at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Lydia Ko rose to the occasion on her home course, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after 18 holes. Ko started the day with an eagle on the first hole, a hole out from the fairway.
“I hit a really good drive and then I only had gap wedge into the green. I had my sunglasses on and I saw it bounce and kind of go forward and disappear. But there is a ridge behind, so I wasn't sure if it went over the ridge or went in. I didn't want to celebrate and then look dumb and the ball is like 30 feet long,” said Ko. “It was a pleasant surprise to see that the ball was down at the bottom of the cup.”
Ko went on to birdie six more times, with her lone mistake on the scorecard a bogey on No. 7. The 15-time LPGA Tour winner said that it felt like the best 18 holes she’s recorded since moving to Lake Nona. Read more here
Tied second on 5-under 67 are Danish golfer Nanna Koerstz Madsen and American Nelly Korda.
The group immediately following on 4-under 68 includes Gaby Lopez, 2020 winner of the Tournament of Champions. Gaby has expressed some inspiring thoughts on "What golf teaches you".
Among the Aussies, Sarah Kemp is on 2-under-par 70, Katherine Kirk is even-par, and Gabriela Ruffels 1-over, 73. Projected cut is 2-over-par.