Australian Open day one highlights
Yani Tseng, Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie make their way up the 10th on Thursday. Photo: Colleen Petch
SHOT OF THE DAY
Impossible to go past Lydia Ko. Despite her incredible round, one shot still shone like a beacon. On the par-five 15th hole, the teenager chipped in from around 90 metres for an eagle. Not far behind was her 150m six-iron approach from 150m on the par-four ninth, which came within inches of another eagle.
STAT OF THE DAY
Two. Nine of the top 20 golfers are at Royal Canberra but just two – Yani Tseng and Jiyai Shin - find themselves in the top 10 after the opening round.
WHAT THEY SAID
"Me and Michelle Wie were going she’s only made one par [through 13 holes], she can shoot 59, we’re going to see history today."
- Ko’s playing partner, World no.1 YANI TSENG, had the best seat in the house to watch the 15-year-old in action.
"Ah, last year. I haven’t been to school yet."
- KO when asked the last time she’d opened a school book. Every teenager across the world must be jealous.
Spectators weren’t the only ones amazed at Ko’s outstanding round yesterday. Late in her round, a golfer in the players’ lounge was overheard asking officials if the leaderboard screens were correct. Amazement soon turned to annoyance when she was told Ko’s score was in fact correct.
Every hack has found the bitumen at some point, but it’s reassuring even the greats aren’t immune to spraying one onto the highway. During a promotional appearance at Parliament House this week, Karrie Webb overhit a shot onto the road, missing a passing car by inches.
The only kangaroos most overseas players are accustomed to is ‘Hippety Hooper’ in Sylvester the Cat cartoons. Eighteen-year-old American Lexi Thompson received a welcome surprise when about a dozen roos bounded across the fairway after she completed her round on the ninth hole. Her playing group watched on for a few seconds, before trudging off to sign their cards.
OVERSHADOWED BY ‘KO-MANIA’
Spare a thought for Mariajo Uribe. On any other day the Columbian’s brilliant nine-under 64, which included seven birdies, an eagle and no bogeys, would have been the talk of the town. Instead, she slipped out of Royal Canberra with zero fanfare thanks to Ko’s heroics. The world No.125 is probably content to fly under the radar.
MARQUEE GROUPS ON FRIDAY
9.10am (10th): Jiyai Shin, Anna Nordqvist, Cheyenne Woods
9.20am (10th): Karrie Webb, Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis
12.50pm (1st): Lydia Ko (am), Michelle Wie, Yani Tseng