Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Lydia Ko struggled to earn a spot on the weekend at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Ko, who changed swing coaches and equipment in the off season, is even through two rounds in Australia and sits nine shots off the lead held by Sarah-Jane Smith.
A host of proven players are a shot back at 8-under including Caroline Hedwall, Lizette Salas and Pornanong Phatlum. Ko, who is T-64 through two rounds, was the big betting favorite at 6 1/2-to-1 odds at Skybet.com coming into the week — second LPGA Tour event of the 2017 season.
Among the last few groups, Phatlum (33-1) would be the in-match betting favorite at the moment, according to the opening odds. Salas is next listed at 66-1.
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- The PGA Tour is trying to stay ahead of rains in California, which will hamper the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. Sam Saunders was the overnight leader after a 7-under-64 in round one. Jordan Spieth opened with 69, while top-ranked Jason Day shot 70.
- Brett Rumford (13-under) leads the European Tour’s ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth event through 36 holes. Rumford fired rounds of 66-65 to claim the top spot as a 40-1 betting selection. He has a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. Pre-tournament favorite Louis Oosthuizen is T-10 at 7-under.
- Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Pat Perez, Branden Grace and Byeong Hun-An are part of a large group to open 4-under-67 at the Genesis Open. Defending champion Bubba Watson shot 74.