4 Mar 2016

Ko makes average start in Singapore

5:39 am on 4 March 2016

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has made an average start to the HSBC Championship in Singapore.

Lydia Ko lines up a putt in Malaysia, 2015.

Golf world number one Lydia Ko. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The world number one fired a one under par 71 to be tied for 27th.

The 18 year old's round included two birdies and a bogey... the birdies coming late in the round.

Ko is four shots behind the leaders, Candie Kung of Taiwan and Minjee Lee of Australia.

"I didn't really have that many birdie opportunities today, so it was almost a day where I really couldn't shoot low unless my putter was really hot," said Ko, who skipped last week's event in Thailand.

"I finished pretty solidly and I made a birdie on 16 and a birdie on 18. I've just got to take the positives from today and go into tomorrow and try to improve the things that needs a little bit of work."