Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Lydia leads in return to LPGA

Lydia leads in return to LPGA

Away from the golf course, Ko confirmed she had closed down her Twitter account but not because of criticism she was receiving for her off-season changes, but because she admitted she doesn't spend much time on that social network - and it was taking up a lot of space on her phone.

Ko, who captured this event in 2015, fired a bogey-free 4-under-par 68 and sits just three shots back of the first-round lead and in a tie for third.

"There's lots of golf to be played but I'm happy with where I am sitting".

It was revealed on Tuesday that Ko had replaced coach Gary Gilchrist with former PGA Tour professional Ted Oh, while Johnny Scott had replaced Peter Godfrey as her caddie.

Jin-Young Ko holds the overnight lead following her blistering seven-under 65 late in the day. She had nine birdies for the day, two bogeys and shredded the more hard back nine in 31 shots, with five birdies in the last six holes.

However while she said she felt the criticism of her constant changes were "a little bit" unfair, she denied suggestions from the United States that she had deleted her Twitter account to escape from the criticism. "I'm trying to make the decisions where I think it's the best for me in my career", Ko told reporters after her opening round.

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Ko will feature tomorrow afternoon as the Friday crowds flock to see the current tournament leader.

"Sometimes, I think "hey, maybe I shouldn't have done that". But I feel like I made the right decisions.

But a late surge from the South Korean duo bounced that group back down to third. With fresh eyes on her swing and a fresh perspective on her bag, Ko is in a prime position after the first round to notch her first LPGA Tour win since 2016.

The pressure and focus on Ko is enormous as the wunderkind who reached No.1 in the world at just 17 years of age.

She landed on 10 of the 14 fairways, hitting 11 of 18 greens in regulation, and needed just 25 putts to complete the round.

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