Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen seized a share of the first-round lead Friday at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, setting up a possible weekend showdown between top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.
Ko and Pettersen both opened the Ladies European Tour event with 4-under-par 68s. They’re one shot ahead of France’s Celine Herbin.
Ko, 18, the Rolex world No. 2, didn’t make a bogey at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire.
“I kind of didn’t know what score to expect, because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind,” Ko said. “You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with wind not being a strong as it was the last couple of days.”
Ko and Pettersen will also compete in next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.
“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States,” Ko said. “You’re hitting different shots, and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a higher percentage.”
Pettersen, 34, No. 7 in the world, opened with six birdies and two bogeys.
Hall of Famer Laura Davies opened with a 71, Catriona Matthew and Cheyenne Woods with 74s and Charley Hull with a 76.