Ko takes NZ Women's Open lead on course-record 61


Lydia Ko set the Clearwarer Golf Club course record Saturday, firing an 11-under 61 in the second round of the New Zealand Women's Open. Ko also tied the Ladies European Tour’s all-time record for the lowest 18 holes with six other players. 

After a bogey on her opening hole, Ko bounced back with an eagle on No. 2. She proceeded to make 10 birdies and six pars the rest of the way.

“I didn’t know what I was shooting," Ko said, "but when I went past the scoreboard on 13 (she was 10 under), I thought, oh, 59, that is the magical number but I’m pretty happy with 61."

At 14 under through two rounds, Ko, 17, holds a three-shot lead over Charley Hull, 18, who was impressive in her own right with a second-round 64. 

Hull is in search of her second Ladies European Tour title, while Ko, a New Zealand native, is out to win her national open for a second time. Then only 15, Ko won this event in 2013 as an amateur. She finished runner-up last year.

Ko is also out to win for the second straight week, after taking the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open last week at Royal Melbourne.