Kiwi professional golfer Lydia Ko is having a rough time of the playing conditions at the Scottish Open. The world number four ranked women’s golfer could muster only one birdie in windy conditions to post a two-over par 74.
Strong Scottish winds were the chief culprit and Ko’s 74 left her nine shots back of Aussie Karrie Webb, who shot a 65 for the first round lead.
Ko bogeyed number three and number seven, and then carded a birdie three on the par-four eighth hole.
She started off the back nine well enough, with pars on 10 and 11, but then dropped another shot with a bogey at the par-four 12th hole.
Ko was impressive off the tee, missing just one fairway, but the howling crosswinds caused her to consistently miss greens on the approach shots and her short game and putting was not up to her usual standards.
The Scottish Open is Ko’s lead up to the British Open at Kingsbarns, and it is highly probably that Ko can bounce back, provided she can adjust to the links course at Dundonald, where the Scottish Open is taking place.
In other women’s golf news, Kiwi Phillis Meti set a long drive world record when she hit a tee shot that traveled 371 m while playing at altitude in Denver, Colorado. It is believed that her drive hit a sprinkler head, getting a good kick and a generous roll on a Colorado course, that were it a thoroughbred racecourse would have been rated one or higher. Combined with the high altitude of the Mile High City and a little bit of luck, Meti’s drive might stay in the record books for some time.
Meti was playing in the Mile High Showdown.
Professional golfers, as a general rule, do not like playing in Denver’s high altitude, as club selection and distance control can be true nightmares.