Kim shoots course record at Women’s Australian Open

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Adelaide (Australia)—Canadian-based South Korean SooBin Kim shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to leave defending champion and top-ranked Lydia Ko seven strokes behind at the Women’s Australian Open.
Kim’s bogey-free opening round came after starting on the 10th hole of The Grange’s West course. She had a three-stroke lead over American Casey Grice and Germany’s Caroline Masson.
Five-time champion Karrie Webb was in a group with 67s, four behind.
Ko, who won last year’s title at Royal Melbourne, bogeyed two holes on her first nine after starting on the 10th, but the New Zealander had three birdies on the back nine for her 70.
‘’I’ll take it,’’ Ko said. ‘’I hit two really loose shots where it was hard to put myself in position the next time but overall I played pretty solid … not many putts dropped.’’
Kim, who moved to Canada from South Korea with her family when she was 10 and is based in Langley, British Columbia, birdied seven of her first 12 holes.
Ranked 258th in the world, Kim was playing her first LPGA tournament round this year because her low ranking failed to gain her direct entry into the initial two LPGA events in the Bahamas and Florida.
Kim, who eclipsed the previous women’s course record of 66 shot by Australian Nadina Taylor at an amateur event in 2000, had 26 putts in what she described as ‘’one of those days.’’
‘’I was just picking my line and rolling them in, let the ball do the rest,’’ the 22-year-old Kim said. ‘’I was pretty ready for it, so (I am) not surprised.’’—AFP