Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off on the 15th hole. Photo by
Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
After opening her tournament with a blazing 10-under 63,
Lydia Ko slipped back into a share of second on day two of the
The brilliant young Kiwi shot a round of four-under 69 -
including five birdies - on the second day, to finish one
shot behind Colombian Mariajo Uribe, who leads the way on
It is perhaps a measure of just how good she that four-under
almost seemed like a disappointment after her
headline-grabbing opening round.
Fifteen-year-old Ko was backing up her dazzling opening round
10-under 63 when the winner of three tournaments against pros
made 11 birdies and an eagle and needed just 21 putts.
Meanwhile, American golfer Michelle Wie, who turned pro at
aged 15, has no advice for when Lydia Ko should ditch her
Ko is playing in the same group as Wie in the first two
rounds of the Australian Open - which the 15-year-old New
Zealander leads after the first round.
Ko recorded 11 birdies and an eagle in her 10-under 63
yesterday while Wie fired a one-over 74 and the third member
of their group, world number one, Yani Tseng finished with a
Wie was expected to be the next big thing in women's golf
when she turned pro days before her 16th birthday in 2005,
which attracted sponsorship deals with Nike and Sony to be
reportedly around $US10 million per year.
Since then she has struggled to live up to the hype winning
only two LPGA Tour events, the last being in 2010.
"I have no advice for her," Wie told the Golf Channel.
"Turning pro or not turning pro, going to college, not going
to college, it's a very personal decision. It's not something
someone can say: 'I think you should turn pro. I think you
should stay an amateur. I think you should do this or that.'
"It's her life; it's her career. When I turned pro, I really
wanted to turn pro. That was a very personal decision for me.
I really wanted to do that, and I have no regrets. I hope she
makes the right decision for her. Whatever decision she
makes, it has to really just be on her and what she wants to
Wie had plenty of praise for Ko who won her third
professional event last week at the New Zealand Open to go
with her NSW Open and Canadian Open victories in 2012.
"She's a phenomenal player," Wie said. "The fact that she's
won three times in the last 53 weeks, it's phenomenal. She's
really a nice person as well. She seems like she has a great
head on her shoulders. She just seems like a kid. So, I hope
she stays that way, and she just keeps getting better. I hope
she just enjoys it."
World number one Tseng said after her round that she'd seen
Ko on TV but never in person before they stood on the 10th
tee to begin their round.
"It was fun to watch her (Ko) play golf today. I mean she
still looks 15. I don't know how she hit the ball so well. I
don't know. I wasn't even that close to her when I was 15. I
really enjoyed playing with her today, too. She pushed me up
a little bit," Tseng said.
Ko, Wie and Tseng all begin their second rounds at 2.50pm
- Additional reporting AAP