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Lydia Ko in touch with leader at major

Lydia Ko LPGA golf
Lydia Ko produced four birdies and a bogey in the first round of the Chevron Championship. PHOTO: LPGA

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is just three shots off the lead at the first women's golf major of the year.

Ko fired a three-under 69 in the opening round of the Chevron Championship at The Woodlands, Texas on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), sitting in a share of fifth, three back of American Lauren Coughlin.

Starting from the 10th hole in the morning wave, the 26-year-old produced four birdies and a bogey at The Club at Carlton Woods.

After a bogey at the par-four 11th, Ko made back-to-back birdies at the par-five 13th and par-four 14th to get into red numbers. After the turn, she made further birdies at the par-four second and par-three seventh holes.

Ko, who hit 12-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 greens in regulation, but still required 31 putts, tees off her second round from the first hole on Friday at 1.21pm local time (6.21am Saturday NZT).

Meanwhile, Momoka Kobori is tied for 44th after the first round of the Ladies European Tour's (LET) Joburg Ladies Open on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Kobori signed for a one-over 74 at the Modderfontein Golf Club to be seven strokes off the lead, making four birdies, two bogeys and a triple-bogey.

Opening at the 10th, the 25-year-old was one-under at the turn after a birdie at the par-three 14th. She made back-to-back bogeys at the second and third holes to dip back into the black. She made three birdies in four holes but a triple-bogey in between at the par-four sixth spoiled her round.

Kobori, who hit 10-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 greens in regulation, tees off her second round on Friday from the first hole at 7.22am local time (5.22pm NZT).


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