Lydia Ko, Chella Choi out front
Teen star Lydia Ko shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the lead. Chella Choi also in the leader position in the Canadian Women’s Open.
Ko, the 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur two weeks ago, birdied four of the last seven holes in a bogey-free round to match Choi at 8 under. In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at the age of 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.
“I’m just here for the experience,” Ko said. “But the professionals, on the other hand, it’s about how much money they’re going to get by each placing.”
Canadian Women’s Open Leaderboard
T-1. C. Choi (-8)
T-1. Ko (-8)
T-3. Dunn (-5)
T-3. Stanford (-5)
T-3. Park (-5)
T-3. N. Choi (-5)
The 22-year-old Choi, from South Korea, followed her opening 72 with a 64 on The Vancouver Golf Club course. She rebounded from a sore shoulder that hampered her Thursday.
“I’m very happy,” she said. “I don’t know how I made the putts.”
Club member Brian Alexander is serving as Ko’s caddie — the first time he ever has caddied.
“Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur, my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling, because she’s your mom and you have to listen to her,” Ko said. “It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it’s also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat, really. He’s been here for, I think 10 years, so he knows where not to go and where to go. There were quite a few tricky greens.”
Keep an eye on the LPGA and some of the ladies that are really starting to shine.