STAR Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko remains in touch with the leaders after the first round of the New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch.
The 15-year-old – who is the world’s top ranked amateur golfer – outplayed her partners, the world No 19 and European No 1, but her cold putter meant she was not totally happy with her round.
She struck a two-under par 70, leaving her tied for fourth, one shot off the lead which is held by Australians Nikki Campbell, Tamara Johns and Sarah Oh.
Ko hit the ball well – only missing three fairways and four greens – but suffered with several lip-outs and near misses with her putter.
She remains in good heart however, and is well placed to move up the leaderboard over the remaining two rounds.
“I definitely could have played better I think, but the scores aren’t that crazy low today, I think that’s because of the wind,” Ko told Fairfax NZ.
“I think it’s a pretty solid score in this wind. It is a tough course. I’m pretty happy.
“I didn’t think I was playing that great then I saw the leaderboard on 14 or something and I thought it’s not thatlow.”
She rued her putting however.
“To me, if it didn’t go in, I’d rather it didn’t even go near the hole, but lip-outs… for it being so close, that gets me more annoyed.
“There’s still obviously work to do. I didn’t putt horribly. A couple more practice putts and hopefully I get there.”