Lydia Ko's 63 leads Australian Women's Open
14 Feb 2013
see also: Australian Women's Open Championship, Kooyonga Golf Club

CANBERRA, Australia (Feb. 14, 2013) -- Kiwi phenomenon Lydia Ko was “on fire” according to the World’s Number 1 player after she fired a near-flawless 10-under par 63 to lead the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by one stroke at Royal Canberra Golf Club, Yarralumla.

The 15 year-old, ranked Number 30 in the world while still an amateur, leads by one from Colombian Mariajo Uribe at 9-under and former Open runner-up and World Number 7 Jiyai Shin at 8-under par in the season-opening event on the LPGA Tour.

Ko said her star playing partners added to the enjoyment in an excellent round.

“Yeah it was fun out there, I mean when you hit a good round it makes it better, but Yani and Michelle, we had a few good conversations so I think that made it more enjoyable,” Ko said.

“It (tomorrow) could go two ways, I could not have a great round tomorrow, or I could just follow up with a good round, so I mean it's quite hard to beat my round today, so hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Rolex World Number 1 Taiwanese Yani Tseng finished in a tie for seventh at 5-under par and said she enjoyed watching her playing partner light it up.

“I mean it was very fun to watch her play golf today, I mean she still looks fifteen, I don't know how she hits the ball that well, I didn't know. I wasn't even that close to her when I was fifteen. It is very interesting to see her play, and I really enjoyed playing with her today too. I think she pushed me up a little bit too, at first she made birdie and I mean, I don't want to lose, I want to make birdie too, trying to keep to her, but at 9 she was on fire and I dropped back, she was on fire,” Tseng said.

Katherine Hull-Kirk, Sarah-Jane Smith and Kristie Smith are the best of the Australians after 5-under par rounds of 68 in a tie for eighth.

Italian Giulia Sergas is the best of the Europeans at 6-under par in sixth place.

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