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Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off on the 4th hole on day one of the Evian Championship in France.
Lydia Ko is in contention to challenge for another Major title after an excellent first round at the Evian Championship in France overnight (NZ time).
The New Zealand golf superstar shot a five-under opening round of 66 at the Evian-Les-Bains venue to be just three shots off the pace, in a share of fifth place.
Ko, who won the Evian Championship in 2015 when aged 18 as the first of her two Major women’s golf victories, made five birdies in a bogey-free round while playing in a high-profile group with World No.1 Jin Young Ko of South Korea and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist – both also previous winners of the tournament.
“They manage their way around the golf course in ways I’m trying to learn from them as well. Especially Jin Young, her being the No. 1 ranked player, there is always something to learn from.” Ko said.
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“I think we fed off each other really well. We all have like different games, but it’s cool like how we’re all able to break down the course even though we have different ball flights, hits different distances.”
Japanese 22-year-old Ayaka Furue took the first round lead with a brilliant eight-under 63.
Brooke Henderson, the 2016 Women’s PGA champ, and US Olympic champion Nelly Korda both shot seven-under 64s to sit a shot back.
Meanwhile, NZ’s Steven Alker shot a two-under round to be tied for 21st after the opening day of the Senior Open Championship, four shots off the lead.