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Lydia Ko takes 2-shot lead in Florida

February 25-28
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Orlando, Florida
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Lydia Ko kicked off the tournament on her home course with an eagle on the first hole and made six birdies and a single bogey on the par-4 7th for a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead.


“I hit a really good drive and then I only had gap wedge into the green. I had my sunglasses on and I saw it bounce and kind of go forward and disappear. But there is a ridge behind, so I wasn’t sure if it went over the ridge or went in. I didn’t want to celebrate and then look dumb and the ball is like 30 feet long,” said Ko. “I was a pleasant surprise to see that the ball was down at the bottom of the cup.”

“I think this is probably my best score around here. Normally when I’m playing I don’t really count everything. The last few rounds I played with a few other players just before this week, so I kind of took my score, because you kind of have to get used to making sure that every shot counts. I think sometimes when you’re out there practicing, and especially by myself, you know that you can hit a second shot if you miss-hit one so you don’t focus as much. So it was nice with those few rounds coming in and playing with other players just slowly getting back into competitive mode. But I think it’s a pretty tricky golf course and the greens are subtle in some areas. I think that makes it extra tricky.”



Annika Sorenstam, who also calls Lake Nona home and insists she is only making an appearance and not a comeback, teed off for the first time in 4,479 days, alongside major winner Anna Nordqvist and defending champion Madelene Sagstrom. The LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member made four straight pars to start the day, but made the turn at 3-over after a triple bogey on the par-4 5th.

“Score-wise I would loved to have it been a little better. You know, if I look at it objectively it’s one hole that really messed it up. I was trying to get back at it, but I can’t remember the last time I had a triple or hit it out of bounds. So that certainly put a damper in the round,” said Sorenstam.


“Overall I really had a good time. I thought the course was playing beautiful out there. Playing with Anna and Madelene was a highlight, and to have everybody here, family and friends, just doesn’t get much better than that.”

Sorenstam made one more bogey at the par-4 10th, then an incredible wedge shot at the 14th leading to her only birdie of the day.

“I was pleased. I took the driver there. I’m not as long as I used to, but I was aggressive I think off the tee and gave me a good chance for birdie there.”



She finished with a 75, the same score she recorded in her last round played in 2008 at the ADT Championship.

“I’m in a different place with my game. But it’s also fun. When I talk to friends about this and they say, ‘Well, this is how golf is for all of us’. Well, it never was for me. It was relaxing and I felt confident out there,” said Sorenstam. “Today it’s a little bit of a rollercoaster up and down and it makes you stay on your toes a little bit more than it used to.”

Nelly Korda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen sit two shots behind the leader after both shot six birdies and one bogey. Behind them lie seven players tied at 4-under, including World No. 1 Jin Young Ko and two-time LPGA Tour winner, Gaby Lopez.

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Lopez, who played a round with Annika in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January, was excited after Sorenstam gave her advice in a practice round before the opening round.

“You can see that her short game; putting is still on. That’s something that she has in her veins and is going to shine forever,” said Lopez. “She said that she’s probably not hitting it as far or straight as she was before, but at the end of the day, I’m going to say it again: She’s my superhero. Her and Lorena are probably why I’m here. Being able to share this with them, with her specifically, is just unbelievable.”

Defending champion Sagstrom finished the first day at 5-over, after three bogeys and two double bogeys in her last four holes.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lydia Ko
-7
65
T2
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-5
67
T2
Nelly Korda
-5
67
T4
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
68
T4
Megan Khang
-4
68
T4
Jin Young Ko
-4
68
T4
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
68
T4
Xiyu Lin
-4
68
T4
Gaby Lopez
-4
68
T4
Ryann O’Toole
-4
68
T11
Chella Choi
-3
69
T11
In Gee Chun
-3
69
T11
Brittany Lincicome
-3
69
T11
Leona Maguire
-3
69
T11
Marissa Steen
-3
69
T11
Patty Tavatanakit
-3
69
T17
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-2
70
T17
Lindy Duncan
-2
70
T17
Nasa Hataoka
-2
70
T17
Sarah Kemp
-2
70
T17
Cristie Kerr
-2
70
T17
Andrea Lee
-2
70
T17
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
70
T17
Amy Olson
-2
70
T17
Sophia Popov
-2
70
T17
Morgan Pressel
-2
70
T17
Mariah Stackhouse
-2
70
T17
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
70
T29
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
71
T29
Brooke M. Henderson
-1
71
T29
Charley Hull
-1
71
T29
Jessica Korda
-1
71
T29
Stacy Lewis
-1
71
T29
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
71
T29
Mel Reid
-1
71
T29
Jenny Shin
-1
71
T29
Lauren Stephenson
-1
71
T29
Lexi Thompson
-1
71
T29
Albane Valenzuela
-1
71
T29
Lindsey Weaver
-1
71
T41
Jennifer Chang
E
72
T41
Ally Ewing
E
72
T41
Georgia Hall
E
72
T41
Sei Young Kim
E
72
T41
Katherine Kirk
E
72
T41
Yealimi Noh
E
72
T41
Anna Nordqvist
E
72
T41
Sarah Schmelzel
E
72
T41
Alena Sharp
E
72
T41
Jing Yan
E
72
T41
Amy Yang
E
72
T41
Angel Yin
E
72
T53
Brittany Altomare
1
73
T53
Daniela Darquea
1
73
T53
Perrine Delacour
1
73
T53
Caroline Inglis
1
73
T53
Haeji Kang
1
73
T53
Danielle Kang
1
73
T53
Cheyenne Knight
1
73
T53
Bronte Law
1
73
T53
Yu Liu
1
73
T53
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
1
73
T53
Angela Stanford
1
73
T53
Linnea Strom
1
73
T53
Maria Torres
1
73
T53
Anne van Dam
1
73
T67
Aditi Ashok
2
74
T67
Celine Boutier
2
74
T67
Ssu-Chia Cheng
2
74
T67
Jaye Marie Green
2
74
T67
Dani Holmqvist
2
74
T67
Mi Jung Hur
2
74
T67
Caroline Masson
2
74
T67
Annie Park
2
74
T67
Pornanong Phatlum
2
74
T67
Lizette Salas
2
74
Projected Cut: ( +2 )
T77
Na Yeon Choi
3
75
T77
Carlota Ciganda
3
75
T77
Jenny Coleman
3
75
T77
Laura Davies
3
75
T77
Austin Ernst
3
75
T77
Dana Finkelstein
3
75
T77
Kristen Gillman
3
75
T77
Wei-Ling Hsu
3
75
T77
Eun-Hee Ji
3
75
T77
Brittany Lang
3
75
T77
Jaclyn Lee
3
75
T77
Wichanee Meechai
3
75
T77
Azahara Munoz
3
75
T77
Liz Nagel
3
75
T77
Jane Park
3
75
T77
Sung Hyun Park
3
75
T77
Hee Young Park
3
75
T77
Katherine Perry-Hamski
3
75
T77
Sarah Jane Smith
3
75
T77
Annika Sorenstam
3
75
T77
Elizabeth Szokol
3
75
T98
Muni He
4
76
T98
Caroline Hedwall
4
76
T98
Esther Lee
4
76
T98
Jeong Eun Lee
4
76
T98
Stephanie Meadow
4
76
T98
Giulia Molinaro
4
76
T98
Haley Moore
4
76
T98
Mind Muangkhumsakul
4
76
T98
Robynn Ree
4
76
T98
Jennifer Song
4
76
T98
Emma Talley
4
76
T98
Alana Uriell
4
76
T110
Sandra Gal
5
77
T110
Tiffany Joh
5
77
T110
Gerina Piller
5
77
T110
Madelene Sagstrom
5
77
T110
Jackie Stoelting
5
77
T115
Cydney Clanton
6
78
T115
Haru Nomura
6
78
117
Maria Fassi
7
79
T118
Jillian Hollis
8
80
T118
Alexa Pano (a)
8
80
120
Yani Tseng
9
81
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