Gainbridge LPGA R1

Lydia Ko takes 2-shot lead in Florida

Gainbridge LPGA 2022 R1
January 27-30
Boca Rio Golf Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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16-time Tour winner Lydia Ko fired a bogey-free 9-under 63, the 15th unblemished round for Ko in the last two seasons (three more than any other player in that span) to take a two-shot lead in the Gainbridge LPGA. This ties Ko’s lowest opening round of her LPGA career, most recently recorded at the 2013 Australian Open.

Gainbridge LPGA 2022 R1

“I didn’t have a great time on the putting green last week, so to kind of see putts going in was good imagery, and I tried to feed off that for the rest of the round. I hit a string of birdies on my front nine [after starting on the 10th]. Overall, I didn’t get into much trouble, was putting myself in play. When I had opportunity for birdie, for the most part I was able to hole it, which is nice.”

Gainbridge LPGA 2022 R1

Danielle Kang carded eight birdies to shoot a 7-under 65. This was the fifth time since the start of 2020 that Kang opened with a 7-under or better and the previous three times, she either won or finished runner-up.

“I don’t really try and focus on momentum, whether you have to create it, or it’s not there or there. I played well last week. It’s a new week. I still have things to work on. I still have things I need to focus on.

“Every golf shot is difficult. Golf is hard. My whole thing is to be mentally present and constantly work on the things that I need to work on without being so focused on the result, while knowing what I need to do and want to do but being able to prioritize what my values are right now.”

Gainbridge LPGA 2022 R1

Aditi Ashok, who signed for a 6-under 66, sits three shots back. She hit 17 consecutive greens in regulation before the par-4 18th halted her streak. Ashok added a new Callaway 5-hybrid into the bag to start the season and it paid dividends on the “really long” track.

“Last time [here at Boca Rio] I missed the cut, but I remember it being really long. This time I was kind of focused on playing the long holes good and worked on my hybrids a lot the last three, four days. That helped because I know I’m going to get at least five or six hybrids, maybe more, into greens. Being able to hit those close and make birdies with hybrids was good for me.”

Gainbridge LPGA 2022 R1

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Pos.PlayerTo ParTotal
1Lydia Ko-963
2Danielle Kang-765
3Aditi Ashok-666
T4Maude-Aimee Leblanc-567
T4Jeongeun Lee6-567
T4Yuka Saso-567
T4Charley Hull-567
T4Hye-Jin Choi-567
T4Nasa Hataoka-567
T4Gerina Michelle Mendoza-567
T11Nelly Korda-468
T11Gaby Lopez-468
T11Ally Ewing-468
T11Marina Alex-468
T11Dana Finkelstein-468
T11Amanda Doherty-468
T11Jodi Ewart Shadoff-468
T11Jennifer Kupcho-468
T11Stacy Lewis-468
T11Brooke M. Henderson-468
T11In Gee Chun-468
T11Amy Yang-468
T11Bronte Law-468
T11Carlota Ciganda-468
T25Su Oh-369
T25Amy Olson-369
T25Sophia Corinne Popov-369
T25Ayaka Furue-369
T25Perrine Delacour-369
T30Rachel Rohanna-270
T30A Lim Kim-270
T30Ryann O’Toole-270
T30Lexi Thompson-270
T30Pajaree Anannarukarn-270
T30Christina Kim-270
T30Lauren Stephenson-270
T30Yaeeun Hong-270
T30Lilia Vu-270
T30Sophia Schubert-270
T30Cheyenne Knight-270
T30Madelene Sagstrom-270
T30Megan Khang-270
T30Georgia Hall-270
T30Jaye Marie Green-270
T30Muni He-270
T30Jeongeun Lee-270
T47Peiyun Chien-171
T47Katherine Perry-Hamski-171
T47Na Rin An-171
T47Laura Restrepo #-171
T47Dewi Weber-171
T47Jasmine Suwannapura-171
T47Inbee Park-171
T47Karrie Webb-171
T47Patty Tavatanakit-171
T47Mel Reid-171
T47Albane Valenzuela-171
T47Sarah Schmelzel-171
T47Laura Davies-171
T47Anna Nordqvist-171
T47Angela Stanford-171
T47Lauren Coughlin-171
T63Casey DanielsonPar72
T63Bianca PagdangananPar72
T63Celine BoutierPar72
T63Jenny ShinPar72
T63Matilda CastrenPar72
T63Elizabeth SzokolPar72
T63Brittany LangPar72
T63Linnea JohanssonPar72
T63Morgane MetrauxPar72
T63Allison EmreyPar72
T63Xiyu Janet LinPar72
T63Wichanee MeechaiPar72
T63Jessica KordaPar72
T63Brittany LincicomePar72
T63Caroline MassonPar72
T63Atthaya ThitikulPar72
T63Pornanong PhatlumPar72
T63Hee Young ParkPar72
T81Moriya Jutanugarn+173
T81Giulia Molinaro+173
T81Pauline Roussin-Bouchard+173
T81Leona Maguire+173
T81Brittany Altomare+173
T81Yu Liu+173
T87Janie Jackson+274
T87Ruixin Liu+274
T87Pernilla Lindberg+274
T87Nanna Koerstz Madsen+274
T87Marissa Steen+274
T87Mirim Lee+274
T87Lindsey Weaver-Wright+274
T87Fatima Fernandez Cano+274
T87Ashleigh Buhai+274
T87Cristie Kerr+274
T87Esther Henseleit+274
T87Jenny Coleman+274
T87Jennifer Song+274
T87Cydney Clanton+274
T87Haeji Kang+274
T87Paula Reto+274
T103Kelly Tan+375
T103Maria Fassi+375
T103Ariya Jutanugarn+375
T103Austin Ernst+375
T103Stephanie Meadow+375
T108Alison Lee+476
T108Ana Belac+476
T108Katherine Kirk+476
T108Emma Talley+476
T108Annie Park+476
T113Taylor Collins *+577
T113Luna Sobron Galmes #+577
T113Nishtha Madan *+577
T116Beatriz Recari+678
T116Yealimi Noh+678
T116Mina Harigae+678
T116Angel Yin+678
120Na Yeon Choi+779
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