Lydia Ko, world number one in women’s golf, 8 under par on the first day of the tournament in Saudi Arabia

Reporter Ahn Gyeong-nam = World No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) got off to a fresh start in her first tournament of the year.

Lydia Ko recorded 8 under par 64 in the first round of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of $5 million) held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72) in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on the 16th. 스포츠토토

With no bogeys, she drove in 8 birdies and climbed to the top of the leaderboard.

However, she may come down from the lead depending on the performance of the afternoon starters.

Lydia Ko took first place in the world rankings, taking first place in major categories such as Player of the Year, prize money, and average batting average in the 2022 season.

She also drew attention in December of last year when she married Jeong Jun, the son of Hyundai Card Vice Chairman Chung Tae-young.

Lydia Ko, who won this competition in 2021, is aiming to return to the top in about a year and three months.

Sponsored by Saudi Aramco, a state-owned company in Saudi Arabia, the total prize pool increased from $1 million last year to $5 million this year.

Among Korean players, Hong Jeong-min (21) took the lead with a 7-under 65 on the first day.

Lim Hee-jeong (23) scored 6 under par 66, and Kim Hyo-joo (28) and Hae-ran Yoo (22) recorded 5 under par 67.

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