Lydia Ko, Lee Mi-rim tied for first-round lead at Dutch Women’s Open

South Korea’s Lee Mi-rim and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko each birdied their final two holes to share the first-round lead at the Ladies European PGA Championship in Enschede, Netherlands.

The 19-year-old Ko carded a 5-under 67 Friday, while Lee, the daughter of a golf coach, improved on her opening 68 with a 2-under 70.

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“Sometimes results are so overrated,” Ko said. “It was like any other day. It’s tough out there, you have to hit good shots and just keep yourself together. I’m happy with the way I played this morning. I could not find the rhythm and kept missing the fairways and making a lot of bogeys. I just had to keep my patience and stay patient and eventually some birdies were on the way.”

Marieke Nissen (South Africa) shot a 6-under 66, and Caroline Masson (Germany) was 3 under after a 66.

Jessica Korda was the highest-placed American at 2 under, with Michelle Wie and Gerina Piller at 1 under.

“We’re definitely in for a tough round tomorrow, but I think we’re a little tired,” Ko said. “We probably will all have pulled a minor nectary out of our elbow or whatever today. We have all been on the grind pretty much all week, so we’ve had to stay focused all week and here we are today, but we’ll try to stay as hydrated as possible, recover as quick as possible, don’t have any drinks, try to stay dry.

“I was able to get a couple of flu shots this morning, which was really helpful, because it got me a little bit over the top, I think, over the last few weeks, and actually the more flu shots I had, the better. So I’ve been pretty cleared up.”

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