Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko walked a tightrope on the cutline Friday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open but hung on to make the weekend.
Ko posted a 2-over-par 75 in windy conditions to make the cut on the number in her season debut.
“I kind of hit the wrong shots in the wrong wind,” Ko said.
And struggled with her putting again.
Ko was first in putting in the LPGA ranks last year, second the year before. She has made some sweeping changes in her game to the start the new year. She is working with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), new caddie (Gary Matthews) and new equipment (PXG), including a new putter.
“She’s made so many changes, her brain might be just a bit in overload right now,” Jane Crafter said as analyst during the Golf Channel telecast.
Ko is tied for 64th, nine shots off the lead. She had a round of six bogeys and four birdies.
“I’m hitting the ball good enough, to where I can have a lower one, and hopefully that’s coming on the weekend,” Ko said.
Ko wasn’t the only big name struggling to make the weekend. Brooke Henderson, who was playing alongside Ko, also made the cut on the number after posting a 77.
LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who has won the Women’s Australian Open a record five times, missed the cut for the first time in her 21 starts in the event.