Lydia Ko 11 shots behind leader after dreadful opening round at Ladies Scottish Open

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has made a disastrous start to the Ladies Scottish Open in East Lothian, carding a first round score of two over par to sit tied for 85th.

Beginning the day brightly, Ko birdied her second hole, before quickly wiping away her early advantage with a bogey on the third.

Another bogey on the fifth saw Ko finish her front nine at one under.

Things wouldn't improve for the Kiwi on the back nine, with another bogey, this time on the tenth, dropping her to two over.

Ko would keep her composure to shoot eight pars to finish her opening round, however the damage was already done.

The Kiwi trails the leader, Tiffany Joh of the USA, by a whopping 11 shots going into tomorrow's second round, with Ko looking an obvious contender to miss the cut.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, waits to hit from the 16th tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Lydia Ko at Lake Merced Golf Club. Source: Associated Press


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