Lydia Ko got her LPGA Tour career off to a rocky start on Thursday at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Florida, but got the ship back on course to finish with a one under par 71. Unfortunately, she will begin the second day seven shots off of the pace set by Sandra Gal from Germany,who got in the clubhouse with the first round lead at eight under par.
There had to be some butterflies in the 16 year-old’s stomach when she hit that first tee shot, but after a double bogey six at the third hole, and a bogey at seven she battled back to finish in red numbers. The youngster followed the bogey with her first professional birdie at eight, and picked up three more on the back to card a one under par 71 for her first day.
Ko hit 12 of 14 fairways in her debut and got to 16 of 18 greens in regulation. She needed 32 putts to get around the Tiburon Golf Course on Thursday, she averaged 249 yards off the tee.
It didn’t feel too odd or special or slow or whatever today. That actually surprised me, I thought I would be much more nervous. And actually one of the good things was I actually wasn’t thinking about any money or related stuff, I just tried to play my game, which was obviously very helpful.
The tournament, which is in its third year has been dominated by the South Koreans. Na Yeon Choi won here last year which was played at the Twin Eagles Golf Course in Naples.
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