Sensational! Lydio Ko's sublime approach leads to easy birdie in solid opening LPGA round in South Korea




Star Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has made a strong start at the latest LPGA tournament in her birth nation of South Korea.

Six birdies and a pair of bogeys have left the world's ninth-ranked golfer two shots off the lead with a four-under par 68 in the first round at Incheon.

She sits tied for ninth in a tightly contested field, jointly led by Korea's Min-Sun Kim, Park Sung-hyun and Australia's Minjee Lee.

Former world No.1 Ko has not won an LPGA event since July 2016.

Meanwhile, fellow Kiwi Danny Lee has only managed a tie for 60th place in an erratic first round at Kuala Lumpur's US PGA tournament.

Two bogies, two double bogies and a triple bogey - combined with eight birdies - have left him with a one-over par 73, nine shots off Australian leader Cameron Smith.

The Malaysian competition marks Lee's return from a back injury.

Ryan Fox has also struggled in his first-round tilt at the Italian Open, shooting a one-under par 70 to sit six shots off the pace in Milan.

Fox hit a double bogey on the eighth hole after a spectator pinched his ball, for which he received a two-shot penalty.

He's currently tied for 67th place.

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